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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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  • Tony
  • Davie, FL, United States
  • 01-01-10

An Absolute Gem

This book is an absolute gem. From the very beginning, the reader is charmed by the characters. As an Audible subscriber for years, I am not someone who takes time to write reviews. But, this book is TOO WONDERFUL TO PASS UP. A MUST READ!

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Best in 2009

I am pretty sure that this book will be voted as Audible's best book in 2009. Love it.

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Lush, Original and Poignant

There aren't enough adjectives to describe this wonderful book. The story is about 3 ordinary women who get together to do something extra-ordinary in their effort to change the world in which they live. I was so enthralled while listening that I couldn't stop. I know I'll listen to it again and recommend it to many.

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  • Julie
  • Shoreview, MN, USA
  • 12-29-09

What performances!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the performances of the talented narrators. Well done!

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I love these women

I listened the first time and turned right around and listened again. I hated to lose the voices of these women. I've loved it twice and I must say I surprised myself a little bit. I'm a big suspense/thriller reader. But I hated to have this book end...twice.

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This book was amazing. I didn't really expect too much from it because I've read "slavery" books so I thought it would be typical. Each character kept my attention and I wanted to be apart of the story. It had its sad moments and moments that made laugh myself to tears (chocolate pie).I did not like the ending because I wanted to continue to follow their lives. I enjoyed this so much!

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Loved the story from beginning to end. Well worth the listen, I look forward to more from this author.

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Unexpected & amazing

I was unsure what to expect from this audiobook. After reading some of the other reviews I decided it was worth a try. What an unexpected suprise. It's probably one of the best books I've read or listened to in years. I was sad for it to end. Heartwarming & funny.

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