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The success story of 2009. More than 1.9 million copies have been printed. Find out why everyone loves this book... before they finish making the movie!
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step in Kathryn Stockett's New York Times bestselling debut, The Help . . .
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 look 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 book filled with poignancy, humour, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
Praise for Kathryn Stockett's - The Help
Lushly set during the 1960s in America's racially divided Deep South, this is a beautifully handled story of a white society girl, two black maids and a dangerous secret they share. Daring and courageous, as well as highly original, funny and heartbreaking, The Help is what great reading is all about. - Carol George, The Australian Women's Weekly
'A wise, poignant novel...you'll catch yourself cheering out loud' ... People Magazine
'Graceful and real and compulsively readable...Stockett jumps effortlessly between her women's voices. Â She has created a world of memorable supporting characters to surround them... When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying book with confidence' ... Entertainment Weekly
'A story with heart and hope...a good old-fashioned novel' ... New York Daily News
'A warm and inviting book; readers are drawn in by Aibileen's voice and humour, by Skeeter's passion for change...Aibileen is a comic and wonderfully observant character...This winning novel, sure to be a wild success with book clubs, affirms some things that are as true today as they were almost 50 years ago' ... New Orleans Times
'Thought-provoking...her pitch-perfect depiction of a country's gradual path toward integration will pull readers into a compelling story that doubles as a portrait of a country struggling with racial issues...already one of the best debut novels of the year' ... USA Today
'Daring, vitally important and deftly handled, I loved and admired The Help. It's very courageous. VERY courageous. Fantastic.' Marian Keyes
'What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi, where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver . . . Assured and layered, full of heart and history . . . ' Publishers Weekly starred review
'A story that made me weep as I rejoiced for each of humanity's small but steady triumphs over hate and fear. I will never forget this wonderful book.' Dorothea Benton Frank
'Lush, original and poignant, Kathryn Stockett has written a wondrous novel set in the deep south told through the authentic voices of Aibileen, Minnie and Skeeter, three unforgettable women whose lives and points of view intersect vividly against a landscape of hopeful change in America. 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
'A 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.' Robert Hicks, New York Times Bestselling author, The Widow of the South
'Set 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 keen eye for character, a wicked sense of humour, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller - 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 - no stock villains or pious heroines here. I'm 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 are in many ways very much still with us.' Beth Henley, Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, Crimes of the Heart
'I love THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett has given us glorious characters and a powerful, truth-filled story. Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter, show that people from this troubled time came together despite their differences and that ordinary women can be heroic.' Jill Conner Browne, #1 New York Times bestselling Author of The Sweet Potato Queens series and resident of Jackson, MS
'A wondrous novel about three unforgettable women. A glorious read' - Adriana Trigiani 'Daring, vitally important and deftly handled, I loved and admired The Help. It's very courageous. VERY courageous. Fantastic' - Marian Keyes
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: March 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 23.0
Edition Number: 1