Staff Review: "The Invention of Wings"
Sarah Grimke is just a child when she is given the ten-year-old slave girl Hetty 'Handful' Grimke as a present on her eleventh birthday. Sarah knows in this moment that she cannot be a part of the slave owning lifestyle of her southern aristocratic family. Sarah tries to free Hetty and is quickly put in her place by her powerful mother. Hetty’s equally strong willed mother makes Sarah promise that she will find a way to free Handful, and this promise will haunt and guide Sarah for the majority of her life. This beautifully written novel spans 35 years and countless struggles for both Sarah and Handful. Both women experience love, loss, hardship, and discrimination and struggle to find hope and meaning in their lives. Based on the real life Sarah Grimke, a feminist, suffragist, and abolitionist, Sue Monk Kidd fills in the gaps in her story and gives us an in-depth look into the world of southern women. Captivating, deeply engrossing, and beautifully written, this is one book not to be missed!