The Invention of Wings (Large Print / Paperback)

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The author of The Secret Life of Bees has created a remarkable and moving work of historical fiction in her latest novel,
The Invention of Wings. Set in Charleston, SC, in the early
1800s, readers follow the 35-year journey of Sarah Grimke, a wealthy
southern daughter, and Hetty "Handful" Grimke, the 10-year-old slave
Sarah was given as her personal handmaid on her 11th
birthday. Sarah is as reluctant to own another human being as Handful
is to be owned. Each yearns for her own personal freedom in a changing
world where slave revolt is conspired behind closed doors while the end
of slavery and the rights of women are promoted
by handbill in the streets. Inspired by the life of Sarah Grimke, early
abolitionist and women's rights advocate.

— Carol

January 2014 Indie Next List

“Kidd gives us an outstanding view into the lives of two women whose reaction to slavery is the same - it must not continue. Loosely based on real-life abolitionist and women's rights activist Sarah Grimke, The Invention of Wings reveals how an intelligent woman of privilege was just as much a prisoner of her times as the slave girl, Hetty, who was given to Sarah as a birthday gift when she was 11 years old. Kidd juxtaposes the lives of these two women to show how each became an activist and how they eventually helped each other escape the claws of the South that wanted to destroy them. This is a splendid tale that will reaffirm the injustices of slavery and will open some eyes to how women were treated in the 1800s. As always, Kidd offers rich, well-developed characters that readers think about long after the book is closed.”
— Lynn Pellerito Riehl, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594138867
ISBN-10: 1594138869
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Large Print Press
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 652
Language: English