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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. "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"--
Authors: Kidd, Sue Monk
Title: The invention of wings
Publisher: 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. "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"--
ISBN: 0670024783
9780670024780
Branch Call Number: FIC KIDD 2014
Statement of Responsibility: Sue Monk Kidd
Subject Headings: Women's rights Fiction Feminists South Carolina Fiction Antislavery movements Fiction Grimké, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873 Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Topical Term: Women's rights
Feminists
Antislavery movements
LCCN: 2013028185
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The true story of abolitionist Sarah Grimké, the daughter of a plantation owner in pre–Civil War South Carolina, inspired this historical novel narrated by Handful, a Grimké family slave.


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Oct 14, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great novel of an interesting time in history. Ms. Kidd weaves an intricate story. What amazed me was the author's notes at the end of the book, the resources and research that she had done. The story is based on the lives of the two Grimke sisters. Marvellous the story quilts made by Handful and her mother.

Sep 20, 2014
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A well written story. Something to lose yourself in for a weekend.

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.

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