The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings Author Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN-10 0143121707
ISBN-13 9780143121701
Year 2015-05-05
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees a 1New York Times bestselling novel about two unforgettable American women Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope daring the quest for freedom and the desire to have a voice in the world Hetty Handful Grimke an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household The Grimkes daughter Sarah has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women Kidds sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarahs eleventh birthday when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful who is to be her handmaid We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years as both strive for a life of their own dramatically shaping each others destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt defiance estrangement and the uneasy ways of love As the stories build to a riveting climax Handful will endure loss and sorrow finding courage and a sense of self in the process Sarah will experience crushed hopes betrayal unrequited love and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister Angelina as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and womens rights movements Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters both real and invented including Handfuls cunning mother Charlotte who courts danger in her search for something better This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history through women whose struggles for liberation empowerment and expression will leave no reader unmoved

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