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The Invention of Wings

Kidd, Sue Monk (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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, and continues for the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, a feminist, suffragist and an abolitionist.
Authors: Kidd, Sue Monk
Title: The invention of wings
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, 2014.
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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, and continues for the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, a feminist, suffragist and an abolitionist.
Local Note: MJKNEWAFIC
ISBN: 9780670024780
0670024783
Statement of Responsibility: Sue Monk Kidd
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject Headings: Grimké, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873 Fiction. Antislavery movements Fiction. Slaves Fiction. Feminists South Carolina Fiction. Women's rights Fiction.
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Antislavery movements
Slaves
Feminists
Women's rights
LCCN: 2013028185
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Comment by: m2 Jan 20, 2014

A compulsively readable historical fiction novel about Sarah Grimke, a Southerner and former slave owner intent on racial equality. Sue Monk Kidd has Sarah share narration duties with Handful, a (fictional) slave in her parent's household who waits on Sarah. It is not Sarah's fault that Handful's... Read More »


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Sep 01, 2014
  • Tomkitty1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I agree with comment made by "Freedomfor". I just loved this book. Well written.

Aug 25, 2014
  • freedomforj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. I loved it. I was consumed by this book until I finished it and then I thought about it for days.

Aug 23, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once I started reading this book I could not stop till I'd finished reading every word, including the Author's Note. Not surprisingly Kidd says she was inspired by the words of Professor Julius Lester that "History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart our own." Indeed the author has helped all her readers make one particular pain their own. In the telling of "The invention of wings," Kidd uses Sarah Grimke and Handful as narrators and the story begins appropriately with Sarah receiving Handful as a "gift" on her eleventh Birthday! The fact that Sarah does not want a "slave" as her own personal maid is of no consequence. Handful makes the astute observation, that she is not sure if Sarah's feelings for her are love or guilt and indeed Sarah feels a measure of both. Handful also wonders if what she feels for Sarah is love or a way to be safe! Once Sarah's younger sister Angelina is on the scene the dynamics change and Angelina is even more spirited in her speaking for Abolition and Women's rights. Angelina complements Sarah in every way and together they rewrite history. As Sarah says "Nina was one wing I was the other." Yes, these two brave sisters invented wings and soared!

Aug 23, 2014
  • olemissann rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Terrific book! I enjoyed it so much that I did not want it to end. Very well written with excellent character development and vivid descriptions of this time in our history.

Aug 11, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good book, could not put it down.

Aug 10, 2014
  • mimmcc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this was a wonderful book!! Great characters!

Jul 24, 2014
  • lilypad_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

there is much more to this book that you would think to read the description. I did not know about these suffragettes who added women's rights to abolitionists. They were brave and intelligent in many ways, not only risking public condemnation but also family and putting thier lives in jeapordy while they were helping slaves along the path to freedom.
I am anxious to read more about these sisters and try to understand more about how women in the confederacy were little more than slaves themselves.

Jul 11, 2014
  • eiretire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent! I really like the depth of all the characters and how many important issues of the times were explored.

Jul 10, 2014
  • Turneru rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What I loved about this book was not only that it is well written but even more that many of the characters are actual historical people. It being based on a true story makes it even more powerful and impressive. Loved that book!

Jul 07, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I read 'The Secret Life of Bees' quite a few years ago. This new title from Sue Monk Kidd is an excellent piece of historical fiction. Its a rich and detailed history about the Grimke sisters, Sarah and Nina, who were early champions of the anti-slavery movement in the United States. A parallel story is of their house slave Hetty, gifted to Sarah on her eleventh birthday. Despite the ups and downs of the characters, this is a positive read which shows that courage and determination contribute towards lasting changes in society.

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