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Summary: Visit www.penguin.com for the latest news, tour information and more. Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook. The wildly popular New York Times bestseller and reading group favorite 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... .
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Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan
Newly graduated from college with an English degree; returned to her parents' cotton farm; writing a book from the black servants' points of views; searching for the truth behind her maid's disappearance.
Raised seventeen white children; grieving the loss of her son; devoted to the little girl she is raising.
Spreads rumors and gossip; seeks revenge after getting fired.