Let's Meetup and discuss "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd

  • June 24 · 7:00 PM
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Summary:

"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—and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

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 bring a snack for 8-10 people and your beverage of choice.....

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  • Regina

    I'll join in. Really enjoyed the intelligent, fun women & discussion. Host was OTC. Grin. Let someone know how amazing women & books are today:-)

    1 · June 25

  • Susan

    Had a great time. I enjoyed meeting everyone and am looking forward to the next meeting.

    2 · June 25

  • Sabrina

    P.S. Anyone that came or missed the meeting tonight is welcome to join us Saturday for the encore-

    June 24

  • Sabrina

    Bookworms! Thank you for braving the storm to attend our first book club meeting! Each of you added a different color sprinkle on my cupcake of happiness! My "cup" runneth over! Hope to see you again soon!

    3 · June 24

  • Jenn L.

    This was really a great meetup. The attendees and subject matter were energetic and friendly. Will definitely come again. The book discussion was engaging and made me want to finish read it.

    3 · June 24

  • Staciepooh4u

    Awesome time meeting you lovely intelligent ladies!

    2 · June 24

  • Carla Z.

    I never received the address for the evening.

    June 24

    • Carla Z.

      My partner didn't either, she paid for us both, Stacie (Staciepooh4u)

      June 24

    • Sabrina

      Just sent it again-thanks!

      June 24

  • Elizabeth

    I will be running about 15 minutes late dumb to some plumbing issues I am experiencing but I will be there.

    1 · June 24

  • Sabrina

    Carla-

    June 24

  • Peggy

    Working out of town is interfering with life today and I can't get back in time. So sorry to cancel at the last minute!

    June 24

  • Yvonne

    I would like to attend on Saturday. Is that possible? TABLe are closed for Saturday.

    June 23

    • Sabrina

      Yvonne- the RSVP is open for Saturday now- thanks!

      June 24

  • Cindy

    Sorry to cancel at the last minute. I did read the book - WOW is all I can say.

    June 24

  • Yvonne

    RSVPs are closed. Don't know where "tables" came from - predictive, I guess. Lol

    June 23

  • Sabrina

    Just finished reading the book. All I can say is "wow"! I'd be open to hosting an encore Saturday meeting for people who'd like to discuss this book that can't make the original meeting- any takers??

    June 1

    • Michelle

      I wd be interested since I signed up for the original date, and am not available on the new date.

      June 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    No problems whatsoever using PayPal for the fee.

    1 · May 11

  • Sabrina

    I'm sorry I had to change the date of the first meeting. Michelle I hope you can still make it-

    May 10

  • Michelle

    I didn't have a problem. I clicked RSVP, then it wanted me to pay, so I clicked the PayPal button at the lower left, paid, and then returned to the group to click RSVP again. Did it on a computer, not through the Meetup app.

    1 · May 8

  • Yvonne

    It will not allow me to RSVP and pay. I keep getting a message saying that I did not agree to the refund policy. What shall I do? I want to attend and pay.

    May 8

    • Sabrina

      Hi Yvonne- let me check the settings. Sorry you are having trouble. Give me a minute.

      May 8

    • Sabrina

      I checked the settings. Nothing on my end. There must be a box to check hidden somewhere. Michelle, did you have any trouble when you RSVP'd? Yvonne, don't give up-

      May 8

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