The Invention of Wings



The Invention of WingsFrom The Celebrated Author Of The Secret Life Of Bees, A Magnificent 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 Grimke S 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 Kidd S Sweeping Novel Is Set In Motion On Sarah S Eleventh Birthday, When She Is Given Ownership Of Ten Year Old Handful, Who Is To Be Her HandmaidWe Follow Their Remarkable Journeys Over The Next Thirty Five Years, As Both Strive For A Life Of Their Own, Dramatically Shaping Each Other S 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 Women S 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 Handful S 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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  • Hardcover
  • 651 pages
  • The Invention of Wings
  • Sue Monk Kidd
  • 10 January 2018
  • 9781410465320

10 thoughts on “The Invention of Wings

  1. Lori says:

    A must read I found this to be one of the most powerful novels I ve read I m from South Carolina and I love Charleston but not always her history Im very sad that the courageousness of the Grimke Sisters is not well known here Wonderful writting the atrocities of...

  2. Angela M says:

    We think that we know something about the atrocities of slavery because we learned about it in American history class, or we saw glimpses of it in a movie or a book But it isn t until we confront a depiction of it that seems so real and horrible, that we realize how very little we really know of the injustice of slavery Sue Monk Kidd has provided that depiction in this amazing novel In blending fact and fiction, she tells the story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, two sisters from Charleston, S.C who devote their lives to the abolition of slavery and to the women s rights movement in the 1800 s It is also the courageous story of Handful Hetty ,her mother Charlotte, and sister Sky, slaves to the Grimke family While, Kidd in her notes gives details of her research and clarifies what was fact and what was fiction in the novel, I loved that one of my favorite parts of the book was true Sarah teaches Handful to read The journey of these courageous children who become courageous women against the odds is a story that will stay with me At the end of the novel,in her notes, Kidd says she was inspired by...

  3. Sally says:

    I don t know how the book I read can be the same that has received 4 and 5 stars I found the book to be mediocre at best With very little character development the book is shallow I felt nothing for anyone with the possibl...

  4. Donna says:

    Audiobooks have been my preferred reading format for about 5 years now, and I probably listen to at least 30 audiobooks a year, but it is rare that I come across an audio so beautifully narrated and a story so deeply stirring that it leaves me feeling like anything I can say about it will be inadequate The Invention of Wings was a powerful story of a turbulent time in history and that was conveyed in the brilliant narration by Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye The story alternates points of view from Sarah Grimke and a slave on her parents plantation named Handful Lamia and Oduye brought the story, the people, and the places to vivid life I was so immersed in their narration that I felt like I was sitting on the porch of the South Carolina plantation house sipping sweet tea and hoping for a breeze while watching all of this play out I didn t know before reading that The Invention of Wings was based on the true story of Sarah Grimke and her sister Beginning from Grimke s early childhood, Wings shows how she struggled to come to terms with a system that she couldn t accept and to somehow find her own place in the world, going against all convention and expectations for women in the deep south Handful s story was a glimpse of what life was like for a slave, her hopes, dreams,...

  5. Debra says:

    Such an amazing book I loved every page of it This book was amazing I love books that make one think and feel and this book did both Parts were inspiring, parts were devastating, disturbing, etc This is the story of mainly 2 women but also women of note are also in this book as minor characters The novel really begins when an 11 year old daughter of a plantation owner is given a slave for her 11th birthday Well, actually the novel begins when Sarah experiences speaking difficulties after seeing a slave whipped at the age of 4 She doesn t know quite what to do or how to act when given a slave for her 11th birthday A slave that although she tries, she cannot free Sarah also does not feel free herself, she years to do things with her life careers only allowed for men She feels trapped being a woman wanting to do something big and important in her life, but being constantly told she cannot because she is female.Hetty Handful Grimke, is the slave whom Sarah is given for her 11th birthday She is also a child and they basically grown up together One a slave and one a slave owner but they share a special bond Through Hetty and her mother Charlotte, we learn about the atrocities one legged punishment for example and horrors of slave life and treatment What it is like to be owned by another person What it is like to yearn for...

  6. Patrice Hoffman says:

    Sue Monk Kidd is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees so it s no surprise that she s back on the scene with an Oprah approved title The Invention of Wings, similar to it s Bees, takes place in the south and follows the lives of two women Where the two novels differ is that The Invention of Wings takes place during a time in American history when the south wanted nothing than to preserve its lot in the slave trade Sarah Grimke and Hetty Handful alternate the narration of this inspiring story Each woman is anxious to find freedom For one, that freedom is physical, and the other freedom from backwards thinking Sarah is from an aristocratic southern family where her father is a judge on South Carolina s highest court She expects that some day she will be able to walk in his footsteps For her 11th birthday she is given a slave named Hetty The idea of owning someone is preposterous to Sarah, even then at a young age after seeing slaves savagely whipped and beaten Although this novel is ...

  7. B the BookAddict says:

    This is a book whose topic is one which makes me feel supremely uncomfortable slavery Usually, I avoid books like this, they make me feel wretched and sad tethered as I am here in 2014 and utterly powerless to change history Before this novel, I knew nothing of Sarah Grimke and her sister Nina and I m grateful to Sue Monk Kidd for enlightening me.Sarah Grimke was the eighth child of fourteen children, Nina the twelfth, their father was a plantation owner but the family lived in Charleston and had urban slaves Sarah s own personal rebellion against slavery began at age 11 when she refused the gift from her parents of her own slave, Handful Her parents heard her then but it would take until she was 43 for America to hear this woman s voice Sarah had a few things against her in her fight against slavery she was a woman, she was from the south, her family had slaves and she stuttered none of this helped her in her campaign but she was undeterred and quietly then un quietly pursued her life s work to help abolish slavery began The Invention of Wings is the story of Sarah and Handful, two women bound together by a culture they both abhorred, over the course of some 35 years.Sarah s next insurrection was to teach Handful to read this was a fairly risky endeavour for a white teenage Southern girl It was actually against the law the feeling was ...

  8. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    1.99 Kindle sale, Sept 6, 2018 A strong 4 stars This is a semi factual novelization of the life of Sarah Grimke, an actual abolitionist and women s rights advocate born in Charleston, S.C in the early 1800s It s also a tales of slavery, as the novel alternates each chapter between the voices of Sarah and her slave Hetty, or Handful who was very loosely based on an actual person Angelina and Sarah Grimke, southern ladies, sisters and early abolitionists.Sarah, an intelligent, introspective daughter of one of the wealthy slaveholding families in Charleston, South Carolina, is given a slave of her own when she is eleven years old Hetty, the slave named Handful by her own people , is a year younger than Sarah Sarah immediately tries to free Handful, but Sarah s parents quash that move So begins the uneasy relationship between Sarah and Handful one living a life of privilege, the other suffering the life of a slave, but both wanting so much Sarah wants to do things like going to college and becoming a lawyer that women were barred from in that day Handful grows and unwilling to accept a life of slavery Sarah is an adamant abolitionist, and teaches Handful to read and allows her some small freedoms, but in an oddly self righteous move, gives Handful back to Sarah s parents, even though her mother is especially harsh to slaves, because she doesn t want to own a slave Apparently freeing a slave in this time and place was not an easy thing to do I was almost halfway t...

  9. Britany says:

    I was not expecting this book to grab my heartstrings and pull the way that it did It was unexpected, fresh, and interesting I literally read this book in two sittings, and wasn t ready for it to end when it did In fact, I actually thought I had to read, but quickly found out that the author s note was stuck in there Sue Monk Kidd outdid herself with the amount of research she had to do to keep this novel accurate, and taking liberties with telling the story of Hetty Handful and Sarah Grimke This novel is about sisters The true sisters Nina Sarah Grimke living in South on a plantation with slaves, and the sisterhood that develops between Sarah and Hetty the slave that is given to Sarah on her 11th birthday The journey that Hetty and Sarah end up taking circles around and eventually they each grow to masterful heights with ...

  10. Diane S ☔ says:

    Where to start in trying to explain all the amazing things this novel contained It is powerful, intense, profound and amazing in every way The real lifeGremke sisters, born into a family of wealth, on a plantation that of course had slaves, in Charleston in the middle of the 19th century, but before the Civil War This is their story and the story of others who also fought for the abolishment of slavery It is also the story of Handful, a slave and her mother on the Gremke plantation.Some was hard to read, the whippings and other mistreatment of the slaves, their longing to be free and the many times they had to swallow what they really thought when in their owner s presence The conversations, the characters, well rounded and exactly right Sarah Mapps, a black woman who opened the first school for blacks in Philadelphia, a free black and a woman trying to influen...

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