The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

  • February 26, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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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.

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  • Bana W.

    Hey ladies I am here already so don't be shy if u are early! :)

    February 26, 2014

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      A former member

      Hey girl! It was great to meet you too! Is there a way on meet up to get a hold of a couple of the girls? Wanted to see if the couple of single girls wanted to go out and get some drinks, but I'm not sure how to contact them.

      February 27, 2014

    • Bana W.

      You can click on their name and send them a message through meetup.

      March 1, 2014

  • Erin R

    My salsa class got moved to Wednesdays, so I can't come after all! :( Wonderful book though, glad I read it. Hope to see you all next month!

    February 24, 2014

  • Bana W.

    If anyone has a Chula Vista library card, they have 12 copies and 4 holds, the rest of the copies are due like early February :)

    2 · January 26, 2014

  • Courtney

    Sorry can't make this one. Hearing Jeannette Walls speak that night. Interested to hear what people think of the book though.

    January 24, 2014

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