It is a pleasure to announce the 24th selection for PTPI’s Global Book Club, The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd.
The acclaimed author of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd writes a mesmerizing novel about two a magnificent novel about two extraordinary American women.
It begins with the story of Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, who wants more from her life than working inside the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, also wants more from life however she is trapped by societal limits.
The story starts on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. It unfolds over their lifetimes each striving for a life of their own.
Sue Monk Kidd was inspired to write this novel after visiting an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. There was a wall of 999 women who had made significant contributions to history. The list included two sisters from Charleston, the Grimkés. Ms. Kidd was living in Charleston and had never heard of them and was determined to learn more. She explains, “They were early abolitionists and women’s rights activities who sacrificed so much for their causes – relationship with family, their standing in society.”
The Invention of Wings is a story of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. It is an Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. In addition, Oprah’s Harpo Films has acquired the rights to the novel.
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