Jodi Walker
January 08, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Invention of Wings

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sue Monk Kidd
publisher
Viking Adult
genre
Historical Fiction

We gave it an A-

Oprah’s latest book-club pick centers on Sarah Grimké, a slave owner’s daughter, and her 11th-birthday gift, ”Handful,” a slave she accepts with a secret promise to liberate her. Via the girls’ alternating perspectives, Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, depicts an unromanticized 19th century in which the girls are both hungry for freedom and at times too complacent to oppose their circumstances. The Invention of Wings isn’t just the story of a friendship that defies an oppressive society; it’s a much more satisfying story of two people discovering together that their lives are worth the fight. A-

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