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The Invention of Wings

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Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the daughter of a rich, influential Charleston family in early 19th century Southern America. The second narrative is Handful, one of their slaves. Sarah and her sister become increasing troubled by slavery. Handful suffers cruelty and indignities. Both women’s stories are passionate. The tale is made stronger by being based on a true story. Sarah and her sister were pioneers of the abolition movement. Handful’s story is fictional but based on the history of so many American slaves. It is very moving. Highly recommended.

If you like Sue Monk Kidd you might also like to read books by Kathryn Stockett, Annie Proulx and Toni Morrison.

Synopsis

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ...A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.

Reviews

The fascinating story of real-life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimk?... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines The Times Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling Daily Mail Unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery... a resonant, illuminating novel Observer [A] once-in-a-lifetime read... Sue Monk Kidd's ability to leave readers desperate for more is unrivalled Stylist This year's The Help - but even better Fabulous Magazine (supplement to The Sun) 'A moving tale of slavery in the Deep South' **** Heat Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees was every book group's must-read novel. The Invention of Wings... promises to repeat the trick Guardian An exploration of slavery already singled out by Oprah Winfrey for her game-changing book club Sunday Express A poignant tale set in America's Deep South in the last days of slavery Good Housekeeping A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave... A beautifully written book about the awe-inspiring resilience of America's enslaved people USA Today 'The fascinating story of real-life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines
The Times

'Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling'
Daily Mail

'Unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery... a resonant, illuminating novel'
Observer

'[A] once-in-a-lifetime read... Sue Monk Kidd's ability to leave readers desperate for more is unrivalled'
Stylist

'This year's The Help - but even better'
Fabulous Magazine (supplement to The Sun)

'Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees was every book group's must-read novel. The Invention of Wings... promises to repeat the trick'
Guardian

'An exploration of slavery already singled out by Oprah Winfrey for her game-changing book club'
Sunday Express

'A poignant tale set in America's Deep South in the last days of slavery'
Good Housekeeping

'A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave... A beautifully written book about the awe-inspiring resilience of America's enslaved people'
USA Today

About the Author

Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the highly acclaimed bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. The Secret Life of Bees was her first novel. Selling over 6 million copies, it has become a modern classic and has been adapted into a feature film starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson.

Author photo © Roland Scarpa

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Publication date

7th January 2014

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Sue Monk Kidd

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Publisher

Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781472212757

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