The Invention of Wings

By Sue Monk Kidd

From the prestigious writer of the key lifetime of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel approximately unforgettable American women.

Writing on the top of her narrative and innovative presents, Sue Monk Kidd offers a masterpiece of wish, bold, the search for freedom, and the need to have a voice within the world.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an city slave in early 19th century Charleston, yearns for all times past the suffocating partitions that enclose her in the filthy rich Grimke family. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has recognized from an early age she is intended to do whatever huge on the planet, yet she is hemmed in through the boundaries imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is determined in movement on Sarah’s 11th birthday, whilst she is given possession of ten yr outdated Handful, who's to be her handmaid. We keep on with their notable trips over the following thirty 5 years, as either try for a lifetime of their very own, dramatically shaping every one other’s destinies and forming a fancy courting marked through guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy methods of love.

As the tales construct to a riveting climax, Handful will suffer loss and sorrow, discovering braveness and a feeling of self within the technique. Sarah will event beaten hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism sooner than leaving Charleston to discover her position along her fearless more youthful sister, Angelina, as one of many early pioneers within the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by way of the ancient determine of Sarah Grimke, Kidd is going past the list to flesh out the wealthy inside lives of all of her characters, either actual and invented, together with Handful’s crafty mom, Charlotte, who courts threat in her look for whatever better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that appears with loyal eyes at a devastating wound in American heritage, via girls whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will go away no reader unmoved.

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