The Invention of Wings

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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2014
ISBN: 9780670024780
Description: 10 identical volumes in tote bag ; 36 x 45 x 16 cm

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Sue Monk Kidd draws our attention to the Grimke sisters, Sarah and Angelina, who were at the forefront of both the abolitionist and women's suffrage movements. At the center is the relationship between Southern-born Sarah and her maid since childhood, Handful, who both dream of something more but... Read More »

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 thi... Read More »


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susancarbone
Dec 22, 2019

recc re life and times of persimmon wilson

FPL_SheriS Dec 05, 2019

Sue Monk Kidd does a great job writing about difficult historical periods and bringing her characters to life.

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Blabbermouth
Oct 30, 2019

I'm always a bit disappointed with an Oprah recommend. Doesn't feel deep enough for me. Anyway this is the fictional story of the real life Sarah Grimkes, who fought against slavery, & her slave that was gifted to her at the age of eleven. The slaves name was handful but I do not know if she was a real person or fictional.

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Gwenhwyvar
Oct 06, 2019

The writing was well done. I love at the end of the book that the author added information about the real life story, and what changes she made for her version of it

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telger
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!

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kvantrump
Jun 14, 2019

Excellent book about how slaves tried to survive cruel masters

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firefly5
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.

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KimBollow
Feb 01, 2019

I could not put this book down!

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Havanacat
Jan 08, 2019

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

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darladoodles
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!

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maggielo
Aug 19, 2015

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

mathmami Jun 21, 2014

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