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The Invention of Wings

Kidd, Sue Monk (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Kidd, Sue Monk
Title: The invention of wings
Publisher: New York, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780670024780
0670024783
Statement of Responsibility: Sue Monk Kidd
Subject Headings: Grimké, Sarah Moore, 1792-1873 Fiction Antislavery movements Fiction Slaves Fiction Feminists South Carolina Fiction Women's rights Fiction FICTION / General. bisacsh FICTION / Literary. bisacsh FICTION / Historical. bisacsh
Genre/Form: Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Topical Term: Antislavery movements
Slaves
Feminists
Women's rights
FICTION General
FICTION Literary
FICTION Historical
LCCN: 2013028185
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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.

Jul 10, 2014
  • Turneru rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What I loved about this book was not only that it is well written but even more that many of the characters are actual historical people. It being based on a true story makes it even more powerful and impressive. Loved that book!

Jul 07, 2014
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I read 'The Secret Life of Bees' quite a few years ago. This new title from Sue Monk Kidd is an excellent piece of historical fiction. Its a rich and detailed history about the Grimke sisters, Sarah and Nina, who were early champions of the anti-slavery movement in the United States. A parallel story is of their house slave Hetty, gifted to Sarah on her eleventh birthday. Despite the ups and downs of the characters, this is a positive read which shows that courage and determination contribute towards lasting changes in society.

A well written historical novel, based on true people. In joyed this novel.

Jul 04, 2014
  • JWW_O rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book and hard to put down. Unbelievable what the slaves had to endure and survive. It is hard to understand how families were torn apart by slavery (whites and blacks).

Jun 30, 2014
  • claire1953 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although penned as a novel, the basis for this book is based on historical facts. The Grimké sisters Sarah and Angelina are amongst the earliest American women to lead the abolitionist movement and the fight for the rights of women. The author creates characters both real and fictional who come to life in this excellent novel. Well done.

Jun 27, 2014
  • triptophan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting book about one slave girl named Handful and a white girl named Sarah, who wanted to end slavery and couldn't. I also recommend, The Secret Life Of Bees. by the same author.

Jun 04, 2014
  • greenkat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am not a big fan of historical fiction but having read "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Mermaid Chair" did not hesitate to try it. This book grabbed me from page 1. I would rate this right up there with "The Help" if not better. Kidd's research is impeccable and her depiction of characters is second to none.

May 24, 2014
  • jeanie123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a very good book written with some beautiful recurring themes. I was unfamiliar with the Three Fates but when I looked it up it brought so much more meaning to the theme of the sewing, quilting and threads. I can't say I enjoyed this book as much as The Secret Life of Bees though. It is very different from that book and much more graphic in many ways. I didn't feel the depth of emotion and fervor that I would have expected from the Grimke sisters' characters portrayed in this novel. On the other hand, the fierce devotion portrayed in the Handful and Charlotte relationship was truly moving.

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