The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

Book - 2015
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Hetty "Handful" Grimk,̌ an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimk ̌household. The Grimk'̌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. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. Over the next thirty-five years, both women 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.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Large Print Press : Gale Cengage Learning, 2015, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781594138867
1594138869
Characteristics: 649 pages ;,23 cm.
large print., rda

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glotet41
Apr 05, 2020

A particularly gifted author.
I appreciate that the way it was written using the voice of alternate characters allowed me to put it down when I read through heavy parts that required time to digest. (It also helps facilitate picking up where one leaves off.)
I had occasion many years ago, when visiting an art centre in Scottsdale AZ, to view a display of very old memory quilts somewhat similar to those described in the book. I value that experience even more now that I have read this book based on actual history.

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tonyaschmidt
Mar 17, 2020

I highly recommend this book. It was a page -turner as the lives of two women unfold and intertwine. The historical accuracy the author offers at the end of the book was so interesting. I wish I would have known the Grimke sisters were real before reading this fictional account. It may have made the story even more riveting.

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susancarbone
Dec 22, 2019

recc re life and times of persimmon wilson

FPL_SheriS Dec 05, 2019

Sue Monk Kidd does a great job writing about difficult historical periods and bringing her characters to life.

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Blabbermouth
Oct 30, 2019

I'm always a bit disappointed with an Oprah recommend. Doesn't feel deep enough for me. Anyway this is the fictional story of the real life Sarah Grimkes, who fought against slavery, & her slave that was gifted to her at the age of eleven. The slaves name was handful but I do not know if she was a real person or fictional.

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Gwenhwyvar
Oct 06, 2019

The writing was well done. I love at the end of the book that the author added information about the real life story, and what changes she made for her version of it

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telger
Aug 09, 2019

Oprah gets it! This book is another Oprah favourite! And rightfully so! well researched, I can see and feel what the characters were going through the time of slavery and women pre-emancipation. I like how these two types of slavery overlapped in her book. Kidd did it again! I wonder if this will come to the big screen like the Secret Life of the Bees!

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kvantrump
Jun 14, 2019

Excellent book about how slaves tried to survive cruel masters

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firefly5
Feb 11, 2019

One of the best books I have read in a long time. I could not put this book down and read late into the night. Based on the lives of the Grimke family, slave owners in Charleston in the 1800's. Two of the sisters, Sarah and Nina, are spokespersons for the abolishment of slavery. They are also outspoken advocates for women's rights. The author Sue Monk Kidd tells the story so well I became completely immersed in the lives of the people involved. This book brought me to tears on several occasions. Very well researched, be sure to read the Author's Notes at the back of the book. This is a book I will read again sometime.

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KimBollow
Feb 01, 2019

I could not put this book down!

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maggielo
Aug 19, 2015

biographical fiction, 11 yr old given a slave. Story over 35 yrs.

mathmami Jun 21, 2014

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