The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award–winning film.
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town.
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An extraordinary book!
This is an extraordinary book that will capture both your heart and your mind. I LOVED this book and was so sad when it came to an end. You'll find yourself loving certain characters, hating others, and cheering and hoping for them as each chapter progresses. I read all the time and read books from a variety of genres. I have a list of favorite books and this one is now nearly at the top of my list!
Why another rating?!
After dozens of stellar ratings, you don't need another praising this audiobook to know The Help is everything a 5 star should be. The production is flawless, the writing beautiful and sharp, and the story reaches your spirit. Don't dismiss this as a story about housekeepers and mammies--this is a story of the human spirit, of love, dignity, and courage that cannot be held down by fear or ignorance on any scope. Another review mentioned they almost passed on this book, as did I, and how much I would have missed!
You MUST get this book. It's funny, entertaining, shocking, sad (to the point of tears), enlightening. Stockett manages to deliver you into the hearts and souls of the characters' lives magnificently displaying the struggles of love, hatred and mere survival within the social dichotomy of southern living. Having grown up in the area during the same time period, the genre could easily be amended to nonfiction. Written and read as if the listener was actually time warped back to the 60's. What a refreshing new author. I can't wait for Stockett's next one.