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The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd

Paperback Published: 14th October 2014
ISBN: 9781472212771
Number Of Pages: 416

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd was selected as an Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick on December 10, 2013. From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ...A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, The Invention of Wings evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.

About the Author

Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life Of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Travelling With Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.

Industry Reviews

'A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave... A beautifully written book about the awe-inspiring resilience of America's enslaved people' - USA Today

'The fascinating story of real-life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines' - The Times

'Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling' - Daily Mail

'Unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery... a resonant, illuminating novel' - Observer

'This year's The Help - but even better' - Fabulous Magazine (supplement to The Sun)

'A moving tale of slavery in the Deep South' **** - Heat

'Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees was every book group's must-read novel. The Invention of Wings... promises to repeat the trick' - Guardian

'An exploration of slavery already singled out by Oprah Winfrey for her game-changing book club' - Sunday Express

Absolutely loved this book


Really great read.

Qld australia


Historical fiction based on two real sisters


I enjoyed this so much more than The Secret Life of Bees. The story and characters are more complex and it is a fictional account of two of America's early female slave abolitionists. The story is engaging and easy to read and I found myself looking forward to picking it up and getting through a few more pages. Short chapters made it easy to snatch a few moments at any time and not have to stop in the middle of something. A pleasure to read.



Absolutely breathtaking


I hate books that are too descriptive and take long to get into - this book is none of that! It grips you instantly and does not let you go until the very last page. I read it within a day because I just could not put the book down, and the characters and their stories stuck with me for a long time after it. Wonderfully written and a beautiful story.

Newcastle, NSW


The Invention of Wings

4.7 3


ISBN: 9781472212771
ISBN-10: 1472212770
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 14th October 2014
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1