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.
- Hardback | 721 pages
- 144.78 x 218.44 x 35.56mm | 748.42g
- 01 May 2009
- Thorndike Press
- Waterville, ME, United States
- Large type / large print
- Large type / large print edition
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-Robert Hicks, "New York Times"a bestselling author of "The Widow of the South"
"Stockett's many gifts --keen e ye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller-shine. Iam becoming an evangelist for "The Help," Don't miss this wise and astonishing debut.--Joshilyn Jackson, bestselling author of "Gods in Alabama"
"A wonderful book. A compelling and comically poignant tale about three women, and a time and a place that is in many ways very much still with us."
-Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize winning pla ywright of "Crimes of the Heart"
"Lush, original, and poignant, Kathryn Stockett has written a wondrous novel. You will be swept away as they work, play, and love during a time when possibilities for women were few but their dreams of the future were limitless. A glorious read."
-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and "Lucia, Lucia"