The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

Book - 2014
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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."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2014
ISBN: 9780670024780
Branch Call Number: KIDD
Characteristics: 373 pages


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Aug 09, 2019

Oprah gets it! This book is another Oprah favourite! And rightfully so! well researched, I can see and feel what the characters were going through the time of slavery and women pre-emancipation. I like how these two types of slavery overlapped in her book. Kidd did it again! I wonder if this will come to the big screen like the Secret Life of the Bees!

Jun 14, 2019

Excellent book about how slaves tried to survive cruel masters

Feb 11, 2019

One of the best books I have read in a long time. I could not put this book down and read late into the night. Based on the lives of the Grimke family, slave owners in Charleston in the 1800's. Two of the sisters, Sarah and Nina, are spokespersons for the abolishment of slavery. They are also outspoken advocates for women's rights. The author Sue Monk Kidd tells the story so well I became completely immersed in the lives of the people involved. This book brought me to tears on several occasions. Very well researched, be sure to read the Author's Notes at the back of the book. This is a book I will read again sometime.

Feb 01, 2019

I could not put this book down!

Jan 08, 2019

People. Based on the lives of the Grimke sisters, who devoted their lives to the abolition of slavery.

Aug 24, 2018

I am mortified that I did not know about the Grimke sisters until I read this book. The dual storylines of Sarah and Handful were very effective in revealing the attitudes toward slaves in both the North and the South and how radical the abolitionist movement was in the early 19th century. The recurring theme of wings was relevant to both women and gave heart to the story. High marks to the author for including the note at the end to give us details on how the story was modified to facilitate the flow of the novel. Highly recommended!

Aug 11, 2018

Another well told story by Sue Monk Kidd

Jun 13, 2018

This was an exciting read that held my interest all the way through. I wish there was more time to dedicate to Sarah Grimke's career as an abolitionist, but I highly recommend the book.

patcumming Feb 09, 2018

I love reading books about a history that I didn't previously know. Kidd's portrayal of Grimke sisters is an engaging read. Highly recommended.

Dec 13, 2017

An interesting historical fiction about slavery. I learned a lot about the issues of slavery and women's rights. I had never heard about the Grimke sisters.

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Aug 19, 2015

biographical fiction, 11 yr old given a slave. Story over 35 yrs.

mathmami Jun 21, 2014



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