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Let's Read! The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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.

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  • Donae L

    I missed the meeting but I'm actually reading it right now. Hope to hit the August book soon so I can make the meeting this time. :)

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Irene G.

      it's been a while, hope to see you soon!

      July 7, 2014

  • Kay

    I didn't get the book in time either--didn't even get started! I was too busy reading other things. I'll hopefully see you next time.

    June 10, 2014

  • Irene G.

    sorry to hear that Heather. We'll see you next time!

    June 10, 2014

  • Heather

    I did not get the book in time and will not be there Wednesday :( I look forward to the next book

    June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me know what the next book is and I will search for the book and start reading!!!! :)

    June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I read this book with another book club I am in. Wish I could make it but kids and hubby are out of town and I would need a pet sitter for Germany shepard. She has separation anxiety and will eat the car if I brought her with me. Let me know

    June 9, 2014

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