The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
Rating and Recommendations
Rating: 5+ teacups
Recommendation: Yes, Yes, Yes
Book Club Worthy: Yes, On my own book club schedule.
A poignant tale that takes inspiration from the life of Sarah Grimké from history, which is “gifted’ a slave in the year 1803. This birthday present will haunt her all her life as she tries to set her free from the time she is eleven years old.
The novel is hard to read at times as the subject can be heartrending, but the story is necessary to the times and is necessary read in my opinion.
The plot is beautifully written from both girls viewpoints as they grow and struggle with the life and roles that are being forced upon each of them.
The themes of abolition, loss, and women’s rights play throughout the book. I felt I was along for the ride with Hetty and Sarah as they told their stories. Kidd writes such a moving novel that it reads very fast because you want to see what happens to Angelina (Sarah’s sister), Hetty, and Sarah.
Is this book for you?
You like history, want to learn more about women’s rights, slavery, slaves, and abolition.
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