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The Invention of Wings

By Sue Monk Kidd

The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide.



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 handmaid. We 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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Format: Book
Author: Kidd, Sue Monk
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. "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.
Title: The invention of wings / Sue Monk Kidd.
Publisher Date: New York : Viking, 2014.
Subject: Grimké, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873 -- Fiction. Antislavery movements -- Fiction. Feminists -- South Carolina -- Fiction. Women's rights -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780670024780 (hardback) 0670024783 (hardback)
Current Holds: 39
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 62
Call Number: F Kidd
Oclc: 849719161
Upc:
Bib Id: 489469

Format: Book
Author: Kidd, Sue Monk.
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. "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.
Title: The invention of wings / Sue Monk Kidd.
Publisher, Date: New York : Viking, 2014.
Description: 373 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Grimké, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Antislavery movements -- Fiction.
Subjects: Feminists -- South Carolina -- Fiction.
Subjects: Women's rights -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013028185
ISBN: 9780670024780 (hardback)
ISBN: 0670024783 (hardback)
Requests: 39
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 62
Call Number: F Kidd