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The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
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ISBN-13: 9780143121701
ISBN-10: 0143121707
Publication Date: 5/5/2015
Pages: 384
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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christylisty avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 45 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The Invention of Wings is by Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the best-selling book, The Secret Life of Bees. It is the story of two Charleston, S.C., sisters and the young slave girl that was given to one of the sisters wrapped up with ribbons for her eleventh birthday. I find it difficult to read about topics such as slavery and the holocaust because I find it difficult to hold on to hope and the promise of something better when immersed in these topics. Yet, this book of historical fiction provided a glimpse of how everyday people can rise to greatness in refusing to accept slavery then and continued racism and sexism today. This beautifully written book gave me hope that we can all rise to build a world that values each person and respects the creativity that each of us brings to life.
ncbones avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 17 more book reviews
Excellent insight into the start of the abolition period based on the lives of two sisters who you rarely hear about...women before their time!
LeahG avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 316 more book reviews
This is an incredible story. I don't always read about a book before I read it and was surprised to find at the end of the story that the heroic women this book about actually lived and made the changes they did to slavery and women's liberation.
winslet2 avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 3 more book reviews
What an amazing work of historical fiction. The characters come back to life and you feel like you are there with them. The Grimke sisters were absolutely fascinating and it's always wonderful to know that what you do can make a difference in the world.
Doughgirl avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 138 more book reviews
The story of two women born in the early 1800's in Charleston, SC - one born into slavery and the other born into a slaveholding family. Despite the roles of mistress and slave that they were born into, they both rebel in the roles - a rebellion that shapes their friendship and their lives.

I gave the book 4 1/2 stars. The only reason that I ddn't give it the full five stars was because my emotions weren't drawn into the story enough. But that doesn't mean that it wasn't a really really good story. Both Sarah Grimke (who was based on a real woman) and Hettie/Handful were women to be admired. I would love to see this book made into a movie.
reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 53 more book reviews
Wonderful book! I highly recommend it. The characters were complex and interesting, and Kidd captured the time period with such vivid imagery. At the end, Kidd explains how she created the story and the characters, which was really interesting.
PamelaH avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 90 more book reviews
The Invention of Wings is a story that takes place in the 1800s south. An 11 year old well-to-do girl Sarah Grimke, is awarded her own slave, 10 year old Hetty. Even at the age of 11, Sarah is against slavery; something that is balked at publicly and within her family, so for her young years, her thoughts are basically kept to herself. The story continues through Sarah's adulthood with her younger sister Nina with whom she is very close. Hetty's heartbreaking past is shown throughout the story and Sarah's & Nina's determination for abolition and suffrage become very public.
I was struck by how forward thinking these women were, very much into equality for all, and then I realized when reading the Author's Note, Sue Monk Kidd had done research on these women who were in fact, real women and leaders of abolition and women's rights. Although the story of Sarah & Nina is based on fact, it's a well written âthickly imaginedâ story inspired by their lives.
In the end, Sarah unselfishly and bravely does her best to help Hetty because their care and friendship for each other never really wavers.
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This is a very poignant book about life on a plantation from the slavery and from the owner's side. Very well written. She is one of my favorite authors. Brutal at points but uplifting at others, and gives some information on slave quilts, which I love, as a fellow quilter.
ladycharleston avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 3 more book reviews
I loved the book.................interesting and a page turner.
reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 5 more book reviews
Wonderful story about the relationship between two women with very different lives.
suzsees avatar reviewed The Invention of Wings on + 14 more book reviews
I LOVED this book. The character development - from their childhood to adulthood - was believable and very touching. It spoke of how a woman, no matter her station in life, can change the course of that station for her good and the good of other women.

I have read just about every single one of Sue Monk Kidd's books, both fiction and non-fiction, but this is by far my favorite!
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