The Help

Written byKathryn Stockett

Published in

About "The Help"

Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found hereThree 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. (jacket flap)


Genres
  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Historical
  • Adult
  • Adult Fiction
  • Contemporary
  • Audiobook
  • Classics
  • Chick Lit
  • Book Club
awards
  • Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Longlist (2010)
  • Audie Award for Fiction (2010)
  • Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2009)
  • SIBA Book Award for Fiction (2010)
  • Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Debut (2010)
  • Puddly Award for Fiction (2011)
  • Lincoln Award Nominee (2013)
  • Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle for roman (2011)
  • Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction (2009) and Nominee for Best of the Best (2018)
  • Townsend Prize for Fiction (2010)
ISBN?pages451publisherAmy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sonsseriessettings
  • Jackso
  • ississippi (United States)
  • Jackso
  • ississippi (United States)
  • Mississippi (United States)
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