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The Invention of Wings: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) - Sue Monk Kidd
The Invention of Wings: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
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The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue... show more
The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. 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. 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.Go to Oprah.com/bookclub for more OBC 2.0 content
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B00H58VGIA
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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3.0 The Invention of Wings / Sue Monk Kidd
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 hemm...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
4.5 Slavery in 19th Century America.
This was an enjoyable read, based on the real lives of Sarah Grimke and her sister Angelina. They came from a wealthy family who owned plantations in Charleston, US, in the early nineteenth century. Their family owned slaves who worked on the fields and in the house, but Sarah was very distressed wh...
Sterek
Sterek rated it
I didn’t know until the ’notes from the author’ at the end, that most of the people you meet in this book were real people once upon a time. And even though the author underlines that it’s still a fictional story, it still puts it in a different light, or I think so at least.This story is about Sara...
Lagniappe Literature
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5.0 The Invention of Wings: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)
In the late 1830's, Sarah and Angelina Grimké, sisters from Charleston, South Carolina, were two of the most infamous female abolition agents in America. Sarah was the first woman to author a female manifesto. Angelina Grimké was the first woman to speak before a legislative body. Harriet Beecher St...
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