The Invention of Wings
The celebrated author of The Mermaid's Chair (2005) reimagines the life of 19th century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimke in her sweeping latest. In 1803, 11-year-old Sarah receives a slave named Handful from her wealthy Charleston parents. The two quickly establish a bond, with Sarah secretly teaching Handful to read and write. Over the next 35 years, both women will strive for a life of their own, shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. An exquisitely written novel.