Sue Monk Kidd -The Invention of Wings
Ticket: $30.50 (includes copy of The Invention of Wings)
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women
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. 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.
Kidd’s sweeping novel, The Invention of Wings ($27.95), 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.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.
Sue Monk Kidd is the author of three novels, The Secret Life of Bees (New York Times bestseller), The Mermaid Chair (#1 New York Times bestseller), and, most recently, The Invention of Wings. She is also the author of the memoirs The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and, with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor, the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates.
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