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The Invention of Wings: A Novel
Reviewed by- Andrea (2015/07/09, 06:39 PM)
Sue Monk Kidd delivers an emotional story about slavery. It begins with Sarah, an 11-year-old girl, who is given a slave name Hetty, better known as Handful for her birthday. Handful is 12 years old, spirited and dreams of freedom. She's a lovable character and brings to life the hardships of what it must have felt like to be a slave. Sarah steadfast in her beliefs against slavery at a very young age rejects the gift but is forced to accept Handful as her property. The two girls navigate the cruel and abusive world of slavery and both fight to escape their current entrapment. It's not an easy journey they take, but a remarkable one of self-discovery and it will keep you turning the pages. Eventually, Sarah enlists the help of her sister Angelina to help the cause. They become crusaders for women's rights and fighters against slavery. I was surprised to learn this story is loosely based on the Grimke sisters of Charleston, South Carolina. I'm sad to say I never knew about these fascinating historical figures, but you can find more information about them on the author's website. It's very interesting. There is so much more to this book, the author created vivid characters and filled the story with different threads all intertwining to create an incredible tale.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it would make an excellent Book Club selection.Back.

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