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by Kathryn Stockett
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 464 pages
Audiobook Length: 18 hours and 16 minutes
First Published: 2009
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…
Quotes from The Help
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
“All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.”
“Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.”
“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, “Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”
Movie Trailer for The Help (2011)
About Kathryn Stockett
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama, she worked in magazine publishing in New York City. The Help is her debut novel. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family.