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Publisher's Summary

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

This edition now includes the afterword "Too Little, Too Late - Kathryn Stockett in Her Own Words", as read by the author.

Bonus Audio: Hear an exclusive interview with Kathryn Stockett.
©2009 Kathryn Stockett, Cover Art: (c) 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC (P)2009 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent." ( Atlanta Journal)
“It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.” ( Entertainment Weekly)
"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud." ( People Magazine)

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  • Lily
  • Lexington, MA, USA
  • 04-07-10


Artfully written story and beautiful narration. Thank you for this book!

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Highly Recommended

While attending a party, four of the women I spoke to had just read "The Help." I took this as a high recommendation and decided to get the book through Audible. From the first pages I was drawn in to the story. The several narrators did a great job; it felt as though they were "telling" me their story, not reading a book. I'm sorry the story is over.

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  • Gary
  • Hayward, CA, USA
  • 04-03-10

Amazing, touchinig, brilliant

I just finished this book and was so sad that it ended. I wanted it to go on and continue to follow these characters' lives.

The book is extremely well written, the characters are fully realized and the story is narrated by four very talented actresses. I almost want to tell people not to read the book but listen to it. The life these women bring to each character made experiencing "The Help" all the more fulfilling.

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Moving and Inspiring

This is an incredible book. Interestingly read from start to finish. The story is moving and inspiring. I highly recommend it; well worth the investment in time.

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  • Emily
  • goldsboro, NC, USA
  • 04-03-10

Great Book! Precious story

This book is fantastic. I saw the reviews and I branched out with this author. Having 4 narrators makes this a great buy and adventure!

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  • Beverly
  • West Point, GA, USA
  • 04-02-10

I chuckled throughout

Great characters, and true experiences! Well written and performed with excellence!

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This is not to be missed!

Coming from a family with southern roots this book tells it like it really was- and not that long ago. Great listen- don't miss it!

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Best Read in Years

This was an exceptional book. I listen to books while exercising and I know I lost 5 pounds because I didn't want to stop listening to this book.

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absolutely fantastic!

I'm not a big fan of this type of literature, but this was great! I found myself driving the long way home to keep listening. Voices used really help you visualize. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

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  • Sheri
  • Southwick, MA, USA
  • 04-01-10

Didn't want it to end.

This is a great book for first time audible listeners! The characters are intricately developed and the book is well thought out. Made the hour + drive to work seem like 10 min. Wanted to keep on driving to hear more of it. Although satisfied with the other books I have purchased from audible, they pale in comparison to this team of narrators.