The Help

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Penguin, 2009 - Fiction - 451 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
30
Section 4
47
Section 5
54
Section 6
70
Section 7
90
Section 8
104
Section 20
261
Section 21
274
Section 22
282
Section 23
294
Section 24
300
Section 25
320
Section 26
333
Section 27
342

Section 9
112
Section 10
123
Section 11
142
Section 12
152
Section 13
166
Section 14
182
Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
229
Section 19
238
Section 28
370
Section 29
388
Section 30
402
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
414
Section 34
426
Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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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. This is her first novel.

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