The Invention of Wings 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… The Invention of Wings 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… 2014-01-07 Historical Fiction Viking Adult
Book Review

The Invention of Wings (2014)

THE INVENTION OF WINGS Sue Monk Kidd
THE INVENTION OF WINGS Sue Monk Kidd
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jan 07, 2014; Writer: Sue Monk Kidd; Genre: Historical Fiction; Publisher: Viking Adult

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-

Originally posted Jan 02, 2014 Published in issue #1293 Jan 10, 2014 Order article reprints
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