The Help

The Help

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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. 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 719 pages
  • 127 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • Large Print Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 1594133883
  • 9781594133886
  • 120,507

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a"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett is a story that made me weep as I rejoiced for each of humanityas small but steady triumphs over hate and fear. I will never forget this wonderful book.a aDorothea Benton Frank aA magical novel. Heartbreaking and oh so true, the voices of these characters, their lives and struggles will stay with you long after you reluctantly come to the end.a aRobert Hicks, "New York Times"a bestselling author of "The Widow of the South" aI love "The Help," Kathryn Stockett has given us glorious characters and a powerful, truth-filled story. Abilene, Minny and Skeeter, show that people from this troubled time came together despite their differences and that ordinary women can be heroic.a aJill Conner Browne, #1 "New York Times" Bestselling Author of "The Sweet Potato Queens" series and resident of Jackson, MS aSet in the rural South of the 1960's, "THE HELP" is a startling, resonant portrait of the intertwined lives of women on opposite sides of the racial divide. Stockett's many gifts a a keen eye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller a shine as she evokes a time and place when black women were expected to help raise white babies, and yet could not use the same bathroom as their employers. Her characters, both white and black, are so fully fleshed they practically breathe a no stock villains or pious heroines here. I'm becoming an evangelist for "The Help," Don't miss this wise and astonishing debut.a aJoshilyn Jackson, Bestselling author of "Gods in Alabama" aA wonderful book. A compelling and comically poignant tale about three women, and a time and a place that is in many waysvery much still with us.a aBeth Henley, Pulitzer Prizea winning playwright of "Crimes of the Heart" aLush, 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.a aAdriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the "Big Stone Gap" series and "Lucia, Lucia" aFull of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.a a "PW" starred review aThis heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent.a a "Atlanta Journal"show more

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