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"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd


Every now and then you read a book that really sticks with you. This is one of those books. Set against the backdrop of the early 19th century, Kidd brings to life the compelling story of Sarah Grimke (a real person and warrior for abolition and pioneer of women's rights) and Hetty "Handful" Grimke, two women from vastly different backgrounds, bound by destiny and their unyielding quest for freedom.

Kidd's prose transports readers to the heart of the antebellum South, where the intricate complexities of slavery and the fight for abolition jump from each page. The characters are vivid and identifiable and Kidd's rich historical detail creates a tapestry of emotions that tug at the reader's heartstrings. Alternating perspectives between Sarah and Handful, Kidd provides a riveting narrative dynamic, allowing readers to witness their personal growth and evolution as they navigate a world rife with injustice.

Evocative and thought-provoking, Kidd addresses societal norms, privilege, and the relentless pursuit of equality. Spoiler alert - one of the driving forces of Handful's mother, a seamstress, is making a story quilt of her life. The quilt becomes a character in itself, representing the importance and significance of heritage and family.

In "The Invention of Wings", Sue Monk Kidd's storytelling prowess shines, making this novel an absolute must-read for anyone seeking an evocative journey through history, humanity, and the enduring bonds of sisterhood.


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