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A #1 New York Times Bestseller

A 2010 Audie Award Finalist

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Winner of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Award for Best Debut

Shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction

Nominated for the 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award

Selected for the February 2009 Indie Next List

Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Winner of Audie Awards

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it’s 1962 in Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy until 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, but 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.

As different from one another as can be, these women will come together for a project that will put them all at risk. 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

“I 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.”

Jill Conner Browne, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is 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, New York Times bestselling author

“Daring, vitally important, and deftly handled. I loved and admired The Help. It’s very courageous. VERY courageous. Fantastic.”

Marian Keyes, New York Times bestselling author

“A wonderful book. A compelling and comically poignant tale about three women, and a time and a place that is in many ways very much still with us.”

Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright

“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

“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 humor, 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

“Lush, 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.”

Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and Lucia, Lucia

“It’s graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.”

Entertainment Weekly

“[A] wise, poignant novel…You’ll catch yourself cheering out loud.”

People (3.5 out of 4 stars)

“Southern whites’ guilt for not expressing gratitude to the black maids who raised them threatens to become a familiar refrain. But don’t tell Kathryn Stockett because her first novel is a nuanced variation on the theme that strikes every note with authenticity. In a page-turner that brings new resonance to the moral issues involved, she spins a story of social awakening as seen from both sides of the American racial divide.”

Washington Post

“Didn’t disappoint…Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.”

The Today Show

“[A] story with heart and hope…A good old fashioned novel.”

New York Daily News

“This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent.”

Atlanta Journal

“Four peerless actors render an array of sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. They each handle a variety of Southern accents with aplomb and draw out the daily humiliation and pain the maids are subject to, as well as their abiding affection for their white charges. The actors handle the narration and dialogue so well that no character is ever stereotyped, the humor is always delightful, and the listener is led through the multilayered stories of maids and mistresses. The novel is a superb intertwining of personal and political history in Jackson, Mississippi, in the early 1960s, but this reading gives it a deeper and fuller power.”

Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

“Full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“With pitch-perfect tone and an unerring facility for character and setting, Stockett’s richly accomplished debut novel inventively explores the unspoken ways in which the nascent civil rights and feminist movements threatened the southern status quo…[A] luminous portrait of friendship, loyalty, courage, and redemption.”


“Surely worth reading.”

Library Journal

“If you’ve enjoyed the southern charm of Fannie Flagg or The Secret Life of Bees, you’ll find The Help a delight.”

Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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    Such a great story, and very well read

    Holly August 2, 2013
    I LOVED this book, and what a great cast of narrators! First I saw the movie, then I read the book, then I ventured over to the audiobook. They are all brilliant. The four different readers here, for the different perspectives from which the story is told, are all amazing. I’m so glad they chose to do this audiobook the way they did. This is such a well-told, emotional story. I was thoroughly engaged the entire time. I felt like I’d made new friends by the end of the book. Do not miss this one.
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Author Biography

Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and creative writing, she moved to New York City, where she worked in magazine publishing and marketing for nine years. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter. The blockbuster novel The Help is her first novel.

Reader Biography

Octavia Spencer is a veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most-sought-after talents. She has become a familiar fixture on both television and silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in the DreamWorks feature film The Help won her a 2012 Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award, among countless other honors. She is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and holds a BS from Auburn University. She lives in Los Angeles.

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