The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
File size: 2370 KB
ISBN-10: 0143121707
ISBN-13: 978-0143121701
Pages: 384

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is a historical fiction based on true life characters. Told from the point of view of two women, one a slave owner and the other her slave, the story takes place over a lifetime. Sarah Grimké is given her first slave, Handful, for her eleventh birthday. From that moment, she realized that it was wrong to own another person. Sarah’s efforts to free Handful are refuted by her father. In many ways, Sarah is a slave to the norms of South Carolina’s wealthy plantation owners’ way of life—as a woman, she is not allowed to read or study law and forced to conform to societal norms.

This is a story about survival. Sarah must learn to live without fulfilling her dream to be a jurist and to find her voice as an Abolitionist. Handful must find her freedom from slavery. Neither woman finds the journey.

The Invention of Wings captivated my interest from the beginning. Told in the first person, the story includes the growth of the women over a lifetime. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn about Sarah Grimké, the struggles within the abolitionist movement, and the horrors of slavery.