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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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wonderful read and listen

Wonderful audiobook. A friend read the book and had the same response- 5 star rating. She and I have recommended it to all our reading/listening friends. I am so glad it was my first Audible download.

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  • Gizelle
  • Gardnerville, NV, USA
  • 02-26-10

Terrific

I couldn't stop listening to this audible book. The characters are strong and Skeeter is a woman ahead of her time. Its a nice slice of history from the 60's told with a great storyline.

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  • Anne
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 02-26-10

The Help Is Totally Engaging

It has been a long time since I have been so engaged in a book as I was with "The Help." I cared about the characters, always the hallmark of a good story and, old enough to remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, it resonated with me. Choose this book and fall in love with a cast of strong women.

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Awsome Listen

This is one of the best audio books I've ever listened to. The character development was amazing and enhanced by the narrators. The story was moving and kept me engaged through the entire book. When I finished it I felt like I had lost actual friends! I want to know what happened to them next. Incredible book!

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  • Misti
  • Altamont, KS, USA
  • 02-26-10

A great book!!!

This book is AMAZING!!! Very good to listen to.The narrators are great!!!

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will go down as a classic

This is one; if not the best book i have listened to in the last year,narration and story was a+ all the way to the the last sentence.cant wait to discusss in book group.

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  • Susan
  • Greeneville, TN, USA
  • 02-25-10

Terrific - The Best

Absolutely the best! I could not stop listening and finally surrendered and stopped all other activities to listen. This is by far one of the best stories I've read/listened to in a very long time. I'm from the "south" and I know "southern" and the readers were right on the mark with the accents and the author knew her subject well. If you grew up in the 50's-60's you will find yourself drawn back into that world. Some of the past you will long for again and some of the past you will be very thankful is indeed "in the past". Very exciting, captivating story, brought to life with top notch readers. Encore please!!

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  • Lawrence
  • Charlottesville, VA, United States
  • 02-25-10

Heartwarming and insightful - Wonderful

Listened during long commutes and didn't want my drives to end! Complex but engaging characters, wonderful narration, humor and depth, themes of justice and freedom that transcend racial and political stereotypes. You really care about the characters and grow to love them. Best book I've listened to in 10 years. Now the biggest problem is what to read next? Nothing is likely to come up to this standard.

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The best I've heard yet!

This book it's self is fabulous but the people who narrate it add so much to it. This will be a book that I listen to multiple times. It's very rich in history from the cival rights error and it reminds us of things that newer generations may have forgotten (or just not know about). Things like different want ads for men and women and differnt set pay for men and women.

Fabulous book, well read and narrated thank you audible!!

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  • Charles
  • california, MD, USA
  • 02-24-10

A gem of a story!

I am only 30 min. into the story and I can already tell it is going to end too soon! Love the storyline and love the readers! Barbara(not Charles, haha!)