Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

A book on the best seller lists recently is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings.  This novel is based on the real lives of Sarah and Angelina (Nina) Grimké, unconventional women who break from their high-society family to fight against slavery and for women’s rights. 

Set in early nineteenth century Charleston, Sarah on her 11th birthday, is given a 10 year old slave girl as a gift. Even at this young age, Sarah feels she shouldn’t own “Handful” as everyone in the house calls her. Handful’s mother makes Sarah secretly promise that she’ll free her daughter as soon as she can. In many ways, Sarah spends the rest of her life trying to keep that promise as she and Handful share a relationship very much influenced by the times. The three women constantly face the challenges of  making their way in a world where the role of a proper woman is very circumscribed.

Sue Monk Kidd has said, “It’s certainly a challenge to write from a place where history and imagination intersect.”  Deb in our Winkler branch calls this a brilliant novel of hope and daring and highly recommends it.

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