"The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd

The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide.

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Please note there is another digital edition available without Oprah’s notes.

Go to Oprah.com/bookclub for more OBC 2.0 content

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The people seem smart and interesting. I feel bad that I got there too late to really discuss much of the book.

    July 30

    • Martha B.

      Don't feel bad, just come back next time.

      July 30

  • A former member
    A former member

    The people seem smart and interesting. I feel bad that I got there too late to really discuss much of the book.

    July 30

  • Tracey

    Enjoyed the book. Characters well-written and historical facts interesting.

    1 · July 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    So I didn't get the Oprah version, just the regular version through the library. Was Oprah particularly interesting in her commentary? Or is that just the description that got copied?

    June 30

    • Martha B.

      Just the description that got copied!

      July 1

    • Martha B.

      I think you might have missed my comments that I actually did read some of her footnotes and I didn't find them too insightful!

      July 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed the meeting; I worked late today.

    July 29

    • Martha B.

      We missed you, but thanks for letting us know!

      July 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I just joined and was going to go tonight, but I have family coming to town. I will be there for the next one.

    1 · July 29

    • Martha B.

      We look forward to meeting you next time!

      July 29

  • Diane S.

    Sorry, but I have a conflict that has suddenly occurred and won't be able to make it tonight. See you all at the meeting for "The Dante Club."

    Diane

    July 29

    • Martha B.

      We'll miss you! See you next time

      July 29

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