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The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings 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 and it is now the

  • Title: The Invention of Wings
  • Author: Sue Monk Kidd
  • ISBN: 9780670024780
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 and it is now the newest Oprah s Book Club 2.0 selection.Hetty Handful Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclosWriting 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 and it is now the newest Oprah s Book Club 2.0 selection.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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    1. Lori on said:

      A must read! I found this to be one of the most powerful novels I've read I'm from South Carolina and I love Charleston but not always her history. Im very sad that the courageousness of the Grimke Sisters is not more well known here. Wonderful writting the atrocities of slavery and its affects are so well depicted in the voices of Sarah and Hettie. Thank you Sue for sharing this amazing story. 5 HUGE stars!

    2. Angela M on said:

      We think that we know something about the atrocities of slavery because we learned about it in American history class, or we saw glimpses of it in a movie or a book. But it isn't until we confront a depiction of it that seems so real and horrible, that we realize how very little we really know of the injustice of slavery. Sue Monk Kidd has provided that depiction in this amazing novel. In blending fact and fiction, she tells the story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, two sisters from Charleston, S. [...]

    3. Sally on said:

      I don't know how the book I read can be the same that has received 4 and 5 stars. I found the book to be mediocre at best. With very little character development the book is shallow. I felt nothing for anyone with the possible exception of Handful. Even Charleston, a character herself, especially in the slave trade, was poorly developed. This is a missed opportunity as the history coupled with the fictionalized account could have been very good. I was sadly disappointed.

    4. Donna on said:

      Audiobooks have been my preferred reading format for about 5 years now, and I probably listen to at least 30 audiobooks a year, but it is rare that I come across an audio so beautifully narrated and a story so deeply stirring that it leaves me feeling like anything I can say about it will be inadequate. The Invention of Wings was a powerful story of a turbulent time in history and that was conveyed in the brilliant narration by Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye. The story alternates points of view f [...]

    5. Patrice Hoffman on said:

      Sue Monk Kidd is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees so it's no surprise that she's back on the scene with an Oprah approved title. The Invention of Wings, similar to it's Bees, takes place in the south and follows the lives of two women. Where the two novels differ is that The Invention of Wings takes place during a time in American history when the south wanted nothing more than to preserve its lot in the slave trade. Sarah Grimke and Hetty(Handful) alternate the narration of thi [...]

    6. B the BookAddict on said:

      This is a book whose topic is one which makes me feel supremely uncomfortable; slavery. Usually, I avoid books like this, they make me feel wretched and sad; tethered as I am here in 2014 and utterly powerless to change history. Before this novel, I knew nothing of Sarah Grimke and her sister Nina and I'm grateful to Sue Monk Kidd for enlightening me.Sarah Grimke was the eighth child of fourteen children, Nina the twelfth, their father was a plantation owner but the family lived in Charleston an [...]

    7. Britany on said:

      I was not expecting this book to grab my heartstrings and pull the way that it did. It was unexpected, fresh, and interesting. I literally read this book in two sittings, and wasn't ready for it to end when it did. In fact, I actually thought I had more to read, but quickly found out that the author's note was stuck in there!!Sue Monk Kidd outdid herself with the amount of research she had to do to keep this novel accurate, and taking liberties with telling the story of Hetty Handful and Sarah G [...]

    8. Diane S ☔ on said:

      Where to start in trying to explain all the amazing things this novel contained. It is powerful, intense, profound and amazing in every way. The real lifeGremke sisters, born into a family of wealth, on a plantation that of course had slaves, in Charleston in the middle of the 19th century, but before the Civil War. This is their story and the story of others who also fought for the abolishment of slavery. It is also the story of Handful, a slave and her mother on the Gremke plantation.Some was [...]

    9. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ on said:

      $2.99 Kindle sale, Dec. 19, 2017. This is a semi-factual novelization of the life of Sarah Grimke, an actual abolitionist and women's rights advocate born in Charleston, S.C. in the early 1800s. It's also a tales of slavery, as the novel alternates each chapter between the voices of Sarah and her slave Hetty, or Handful (who was very loosely based on an actual person). Angelina and Sarah Grimke, southern ladies, sisters and early abolitionists.Sarah, an intelligent, introspective daughter of one [...]

    10. Mandy on said:

      Unforgettable. This book was completely and utterly dynamic. From the first word to the last I was enthralled with Sarah and Handful. From the beginning they had a bond that couldn't be bought or broken. Sarah promised Handful's mama she would free her and she did in so many ways. What a beautiful book, it has definitely opened up new doors for me in what I am choosing to read. The Invention of Wings was so powerful that it even made me rethink my opinions on slavery and how awful and degrading [...]

    11. Dem on said:

      3.5 StarsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd was a really interesting and well researched novel about the lives of the Grimke Sisters.Firstly I have to applaud the author for including a detailedAuthor's Note at the end of this beautiful novel and updating the readers on what is in fact fiction and what events really happened in the lives of the Grimke Sisters. I feel this is so important in historical fiction which is inspired by real events.I have read a good few books dealing with slavery [...]

    12. PorshaJo on said:

      A new trend over the years is to take a small piece of history and create a story around it. I enjoy this concept, especially when it is done well. This time, was no exception. I have wanted to read this for years and always pushed it to the bottom of the pile. I finally decided to pick this up just for the audio. One of the narrators is one that I really enjoy and when I saw she was narrating this one, I moved it to the top of my list.The story is told from two points of view, alternating betwe [...]

    13. Damaskcat on said:

      I had heard so many good things about Sue Monk Kidd that I thought I’d give her latest novel a try. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with it. Basically it is a fairly run of the mill story about two girls of a similar age in the nineteenth century who grow up in different social settings – one a slave and one her owner. Yes the story is interesting and the contrasts it paints between the different social strata of society in nineteenth century Charleston is well done. However I didn [...]

    14. Margitte on said:

      What a great read. Once again, I will skip a long review and just mention that it was a well-researched, creative novel based on the true life story of two sisters who became the first outspoken anti-slavery advocates from Georgia and paid a hefty price for it. In the end they succeeded and changed the world for women in America as well in the early 1800s. All they asked was that men should step off their necks. A great expression to remember. But it needs to be said that it was men who inspired [...]

    15. Katelyn on said:

      First off, before I get into the actual review, I think it's necessary to explain my history with the author, Sue Monk Kidd. When I was fourteen, I received a book recommendation from one of my mom's friends, which ended up being The Secret Life of Bees. I was just at that age where books didn't fascinate me as much as when I was a little kid, and my book selection was getting increasingly pickier. As I was reading the book coming home from a trip to Mexico, I felt an overwhelming connection to [...]

    16. Cher on said:

      2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.While being well written and interesting enough to keep me engaged, this book was ultimately a let down and did not even come close to meeting the expectations that have been set by the hype surrounding it.I love historical fiction that is based on actual figures/events and was excited to read about the Grimke sisters, the first female abolition agents and among the earliest major American feminist thinkers. Unfortunately, the focus on their actions to [...]

    17. Sarah on said:

      At the age of 11, I owned a slave I couldn't free.This is a book primarily about two girls, both of who are trapped within lives that they cannot change, but who ultimately grow into extraordinary and inspirational women. The novel begins in 1803. Sarah Grimke is the daughter of Judge Grimke, and a middle child in a large family who form part of the aristocratic class of Charleston, South Carolina. The Grimkes, like all other rich white families in the town, rely on slaves to sustain their lavis [...]

    18. Laz on said:

      “She said it again, "I'm tired." She wanted me to tell her it was all right, to get her spirit and go on, but I couldn't say it. I told her, "Course you're tired. You worked hard your whole life. That's all you did was work." "Don't you remember me for that. Don't you remember I'm a slave and work hard. When you think of me, you say, she never belong to those people. She never belong to nobody but herself." She closed her eyes. "You remember that." "I will, mauma.”When Sarah Grimké turned 1 [...]

    19. Susan on said:

      This powerful novel begins in 1803 and follows the life of two girls into womanhood; neither of whom follow the path proscribed for them by convention and the world they are born into. Sarah Grimke is the daughter of a wealthy and influential family. Her father is a judge on South Carolina’s highest court, her snobbish, overbearing and constantly pregnant mother, Mary, descended from the first families of Charleston. On her eleventh birthday, Sarah is presented with Handful, the slave daughter [...]

    20. Elyse on said:

      This book is as good as people say it is! Page-turning engrossing! Vibrantly imagined! Pulsing with life(devastating torture, tender humanity, and an extraordinary achievement in storytelling) I'm giving it 5 Stars ---(4.5 stars for sure)!!!!!Given there must be at least 5,000 reviews of this book already ---I'm going to pick out a quote (page 115), in which I felt this story took a major turn. A 'powerful' turn':"She had the look of someone who'd declared herself, and seeing it, my indignation [...]

    21. Brenda on said:

      Firstly let me apologise for the length of this review!It was the 1780s in Charleston, South Carolina when the day of Sarah Grimke’s eleventh birthday was to become the day of change in young Sarah’s life, though she was unaware of it at the time. For her birthday her parents gifted her with ten year old Hetty (Handful) to be her waiting maid. Sarah was horrified; she tried to give her back – she didn’t need a maid she said. But it was to be. And so a strange and unique relationship form [...]

    22. Dale Harcombe on said:

      A powerful novel that starts in 1803 and goes through to 1838. It starts with two girls whose lives become intertwined. One is Hetty Handful Grimke, a slave, and the other 11 year old Sarah Grimke, a middle daughter of her well to do parents. On her birthday Sarah is presented with a gift by her mother. The gift is Handful, to be her own maid and slave. Sarah is appalled and seeks to rectify matters by refusing to accept this gift. But it seem there is just no persuading her mother or father tha [...]

    23. Lela on said:

      Excellent mix of fiction and the real. This well-written book brings slavery to the personal level and depicts just how cruel, ingrained, and tightly grasped it was in a large part of our country. Whites, particularly Southern whites, for the most part didn't even want to admit these slaves were human because then they might have to face exactly what they were doing to hold on to their way of life. And, anyone who deviated from this blindness was ostracized or worse. Speaking out and "mixing" br [...]

    24. Chrissie on said:

      I KNOW my emotional response to this book. I liked it, so three stars it has to get. But why? What is it that has prevented me from giving it more? Please read the above book summary. I am not going to repeat all of that. I assume you know that this book is based on the two real-life Grimke sisters that fought for the Abolitionist and Women's Rights movement in the 1830s and 1840s.The book is well researched. It has an excellent epilogue that in detail specifies what is and is not fictional. Man [...]

    25. Karen on said:

      Wow. This book showcases why historical fiction is my favorite genre. The real historical characters and places are tightly woven with an interesting cast of a few fictional characters to help the story grow and develop. Sarah Grimke, you are my hero. Handful, you are an inspiration.My favorite quote was in the author's note at the end of the book."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 [...]

    26. Myrna on said:

      The Invention of Wings is GREAT from beginning to end. I can't believe I put this book off for so long! Kidd wrote a beautiful, insightful and well researched book. Written in alternating voices and inspired by the life of the Grimke sisters, the fact and fiction were seamless. If you like historical fiction, this a must read. Favorite Quote: “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 [...]

    27. Debbie Shoulders on said:

      Sue Monk Kidd has a way with words but interesting sentences don't necessarily turn into a great story.Shedding light on a fellow native Charlestonian, this is fictional retelling of Sarah Grimke, an abolitionist and early pioneer for women's rights. To help tell her story, Monk Kidd juxtaposes an imagined tale of a slave owned by Grimke's family, Handful. Both women yearn to be more than society allows, a challenge to imagine when one lives in a time of so many opportunities. The problem is tha [...]

    28. Tania on said:

      We're all yearning for a wedge of sky, aren't we? I suspect God plants these yearnings in us so we'll at least try and change the course of things. We must try, that's all.3.5 stars. Sue Monk Kidd writes beautifully, and although I enjoyed The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings is definitely my favorite. Sarah and Handful's voices were both authentic and strong, and I never found myself preferring one's story over the other. The fact that the book was based on the [...]

    29. Connie on said:

      12/17/14 Reread book for a book discussion. This is one of my favorite books of 2014.7/23/14 Sue Monk Kidd has written a wonderful historical novel about two women struggling in Charleston--one struggling against the shackles of slavery, and the other giving a voice to the abolitionist cause and women's rights. When Sarah Grimke turned 11 years old in 1803, she was given a slave Hetty (called "Handful") as a birthday present. Even at that young age, Sarah was an abolitionist and tried to refuse [...]

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