REVIEW: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


wingsHetty “Handful” and Sarah Grimke are the stars of this novel which follows them through the different restrictions placed on slaves and women during the early 1800’s.  I enjoyed how the author alternated chapters to demonstrate the different challenges of each woman.  Hetty’s slavery was, of course, a reprehensible situation.  Sarah’s role as the privileged daughter of a plantation/land owner was also extremely restrictive.  I wondered as a read, but found out at the end, that Sarah Grimke was an historical figure.  She did write and speak about abolition, racial equality and women’s rights.  I would say that she found her wings!  Hetty and her mother, Charlotte, also found their wings in the chances they took to assert their independence even in their forced slavery.  Fabulous book!

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