The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

Large Print - 2014
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorWriting 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 19th century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls of the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, who has always known she is meant to do something large in the world, is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, and we follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years.
Publisher: Detroit [Mich.] :, Thorndike Press,, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410465320
Branch Call Number: LT FIC KIDD
Characteristics: 651 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Jun 14, 2019

Excellent book about how slaves tried to survive cruel masters

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.

Feb 01, 2019

I could not put this book down!

Jan 08, 2019

People. Based on the lives of the Grimke sisters, who devoted their lives to the abolition of slavery.

Aug 24, 2018

I am mortified that I did not know about the Grimke sisters until I read this book. The dual storylines of Sarah and Handful were very effective in revealing the attitudes toward slaves in both the North and the South and how radical the abolitionist movement was in the early 19th century. The recurring theme of wings was relevant to both women and gave heart to the story. High marks to the author for including the note at the end to give us details on how the story was modified to facilitate the flow of the novel. Highly recommended!

Aug 11, 2018

Another well told story by Sue Monk Kidd

Jun 13, 2018

This was an exciting read that held my interest all the way through. I wish there was more time to dedicate to Sarah Grimke's career as an abolitionist, but I highly recommend the book.

patcumming Feb 09, 2018

I love reading books about a history that I didn't previously know. Kidd's portrayal of Grimke sisters is an engaging read. Highly recommended.

Dec 13, 2017

An interesting historical fiction about slavery. I learned a lot about the issues of slavery and women's rights. I had never heard about the Grimke sisters.

ArapahoeCynthiaK Oct 17, 2017

Slavery lived thru the eyes of the plantation owner's daughter, Sarah, and the slave, Handful, who was her 11th birthday present. Both of their stories are compelling and heartfelt. Really loved that Sarah's story was based on a real person. Also enjoyed the idea of story quilts as a pictorial diary. For more information, see PBS' The Abolitionists.

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Aug 19, 2015

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

mathmami Jun 21, 2014




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