The Invention of Wings

A Novel

Kidd, Sue Monk

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Invention of Wings
"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"--

Publisher: New York :, Viking,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9780670024780
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,26 cm


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Mar 24, 2015
  • Smokee rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Nice story but very drawn out.

Mar 23, 2015
  • kozakd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful read that kept me good company during a night of insomnia, this is a tale of accepting the outcome of the journey of the 'road less travelled' in all its imperfections, twists and turns. It is a story of the love & loyalty between Sarah and her counterpart Handful that survives misunderstandings, skin colour, miles and years.

Mar 22, 2015
  • NanCcan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love learning history through fiction. This book was full of well-fleshed out characters on both sides of the color divide.
We come to understand and care about the dreams and challenges of each one.

Mar 05, 2015
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoy and respect the message that this book brings across about women's lives in the early 19th century, and I think it is fascinating that some characters are based in fact, and for that it gets a 3.5. But for enjoyment purposes, it moved really slowly and there wasn't much of a plot even, and so I just couldn't love it. I seem to be in the minority with this book on just thinking it's "ok", so I would probably still recommend it.

Mar 01, 2015
  • rmc63 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

fiction based on historical fact -great read; subject: slavery and women's rights.
Author redeemed -did not at all like 'Traveling with Pomegranates'.

Feb 24, 2015

Enjoyed this book. About first American feminists and the beginning protests against slavary and the conflict between the two.

Jan 22, 2015
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. I tend to shy away from this kind of story for one reason or another but I'm glad that I did give this one a chance. It's a hard story for obvious reasons (slavery is awful, punishment is awful, terrible things happening is awful) but there's also a large measure of hope and fight here. Both Handful and Sarah are fighters and manage to persevere and flourish despite their situations and environments. Handful puts it best when she says that her mind is free despite her body being a slave while Sarah is the reverse. I also didn't realise that this was based on a real person as well so that put into perspective a bit as well.

There also some wonderful turns of phrase in this book. Some internal remark of Handful's or Sarah's that make you smile even when the situation really shouldn't. There's also a good brush of black humour here too and the writing is quite engaging.

Jan 04, 2015
  • Sanrin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Well written, but overwhelmed by 21st-century sensibilities in 19th-century characters. After a while, the characters no longer seemed credible to me.

Dec 29, 2014
  • lairsho52 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely riveting read!

Nov 18, 2014

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