Back of girl's head & upper body in reeds

The Invention of Wings

Sue Monk Kidd

On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimké 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,

Contemporary fictionHistorical
Publishing Details:
Tinder Press, 2014

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  • This is quite a remarkable novel -what with the historical and fictional mixing to really bring out the heartache and utter human despair and depravity caused by slavery, this is story that will sit with me for a long time.

    It reminded me of Twelve years a Slave and The Colour Purple in some ways for its serious subject matter and some of the punishments metered out to the slaves. But ‘Wings’ to me was much more a personal story seen from the viewpoint of two young girls – very similar in a lot of ways. this was the beauty of the novel as ti was so different to anything I had read before.

    There were some beautiful moments such as when Hattie learns to read and when Sarah deals with facing up to her parents. The art of quilting is also a lovely addition and describes the patchwork of emotions and human efforts in the story which make up the full picture. Heartbreaking and heartwarming.

    By 4 out of 5

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