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The Invention of Wings

A Novel
Kidd, Sue Monk (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Invention of Wings


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"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"--
Authors: Kidd, Sue Monk
Title: The invention of wings
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, [2014]
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,26 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "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"--
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ISBN: 0670024783
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Report This Mar 31, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful book that is loosely based on the real-life story of Sarah Grimke, an American abolitionist, writer, and suffragist. It also tells the story of Handful, a young girl who is given to Sarah as her 11th birthday gift by her parents. Difficult to read at times due to its subject matter, this is a must-read novel about two very different woman who have one common and important goal: freedom.

Report This Mar 30, 2014
  • gracindaisy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sue Monk Kidd has outdone The Secret Life of Bees with this book. It is the story of slavery and two women, one white and one black, who develop a lasting friendship and ultimately free themselves from their very different imprisonments. Compelling!

Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • runfastread rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A painful, beautiful well-written story from the perspective of both slave owner and slave. Reminded me of the Book of Negroes. Not for readers who like happy endings.....

Report This Mar 17, 2014
  • edapeach rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating book. The novel held my attention throughout. Even though I thought I knew a lot about slavery in America, reading about it from the detail-rich perspective of a slave-holding family, city, the east coast and from the slaves’ experiences added greatly to my understanding of this terrible time. As noted in other reviews, much of the novel is based on the lives of two courageous white women (who ultimately moved to Hyde Park, MA), and courageous women and men both slaves and free desperate for freedom. We also get a view of the Quakers, abolitionists and women’s rights activists in the 19th century. The book is a good compliment to 12 Years a Slave. Reading The Invention of Wings first helped in understanding 12 Years, but I supposed if I had read them in the opposite order I might have said the same thing.

Report This Mar 15, 2014
  • kelleypoole rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read!!! I was especially excited to read the Author's Notes at the back and find out how much truth she incorporated into the novel.

wonderful book - I'd highly recommend this latest release by Sue Monk Kidd.

Report This Mar 04, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Would give this 6 stars if I could. Wonderful book about the inspiring and courageous Grimke sisters who were involved in the abolishionist and feminist movements, and the slaves in their household, especially Handful and her mother. Enjoyed reading this immensely and would highly recommend.

I enjoyed this and the themes of freedom, self determination and conviction. Parallels the Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, which is also set in Charleston but about 40-50 years earlier.

Report This Jan 21, 2014
  • molmil8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a great read. Contrasts the struggles of a slave girl and her owner’s daughter against slavery and their own oppression.

Report This Jan 20, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is a story about the pursuit of freedom in all it's many forms. This is a good story, very read-worthy but I could not bring myself to rate it any higher simply because I feel I have read so many variations of this same story already. It lacked the impact to distinguish itself from a dozen other books with similar themes. Still, I'm sure many people will enjoy reading this book.

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