The Help

The Help

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By (author) Kathryn Stockett

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 534 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 208mm x 34mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0425245136
  • ISBN 13: 9780425245132
  • Edition: Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Media Tie In, Reissue
  • Sales rank: 1,847

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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 seventeenth 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. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, "The Help" is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

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Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and Creative Writing, she moved to New York City where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. This is her first novel.

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By Michelle Playne 19 Sep 2011 5

What a gorgeous book to read about Southern American Culture in the 60's. A good feel story, with the quest for "good" to overcome "bad" within society's views of Black Americans. A great book for book clubs to read, and a lovely gift for a friend. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and felt that disappointment you get after a good read and not having another one to go on to. You'll love it I'm sure!