December 15, 2013

The Invention of Wings

cover image of The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd

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.