The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
Set in 19th century Charleston, the story opens when 10-year-old slave Hetty (Handful) Grimke is presented to Sarah Grimke as an eleventh birthday gift. Narrated by both women, The Invention of Wings follows the lives of both women for more than 35 years. Hetty spends her life working toward freedom, and as does Sarah, who feels imprisoned by society’s norms.
The Invention of Wings is a work of historical fiction, inspired by the life of Sarah Grimke. Born to a wealthy, slave-owing family, Sarah rejected her family’s values and became an abolitionist. The Invention of Wings is an excellent read! Like the film 12 Years a Slave (see my review here), reading about or seeing a movie about slavery is a double-edged sword. While it’s important to be educated about the brutality and humiliation of slavery, it’s very painful to experience visually or through words. Despite the cruelty in this story, The Invention of Wings it is a must-read!