Penguin Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9780143144182, 15pp.
Publication Date: February 10, 2009
Be prepared to meet three unforgettable women.
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.
Jenna Lamia is the acclaimed narrator of Mary E. Pearson's "The Adoration of Jenna Fox", which won a YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults award, and Carol Lynch Williams's "The Chosen One", for which Jenna received the 2010 solo narration (female) Audie Award.
Lamia made her Broadway debut in 1988 in "Ah, Wilderness", and she's also appeared off-Broadway in "The Glory Of Living", directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her other acting credits include appearances on "Oz, Law & Order: SVU, The Jury, " and "NYPD Blue". She's also appeared in the films "The Fighter, The Box, " and "Something's Wrong in Kansas".She attended Amherst College, New York University, and the Sorbonne in Paris.
Bahni Turpin is a native of Pontiac, Michigan, now residing in Los Angeles. An acclaimed theater actress and ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company, Bahni has narrated over seventy audiobooks. In addition to her onstage and narration work, Bahni has worked extensively in TV and film.