Book Review of The Invention of Wings: A Novel

The Invention of Wings: A Novel
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THE INVENTION OF WINGS was the November 2014 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove.

Since the story is based on the life of early American abolitionist Sarah Moore Grimké, I wish I could say I enjoyed it, but I didn't, and here's why...

The two main characters whose perspective the story's told from, never stepped into a third dimension for me. I also felt they both suffered behind the veil of a dull, flat and monotone narrative.

The synopsis led me to expect an epic friendship between slave and slave owner in the Antebellum Southbut what a disappointment! I think the friendship between Sarah and Handful was severely underdeveloped and needed a double shot of collagen to plump it to life! What a missed opportunity this was for the author to create something special during this time in US history.

So overall, the book got off to a slow start for me, picked up a smidget about 100 pages in, then became a flat out chore to slog through because I had little to no interest in anything that was going on. I finished only because it was a Cove pick.

While I applaud Sue Monk Kidd for introducing the modern world to heroic women like Sarah Grimkéwho've unfortunately been long since forgotten through the passage of timeher writing style just isn't my cuppa. For me it's very dull and uncompelling.