The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Wednesday February 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:15pm
Location: 2nd Floor—History Room
Copies of the book are available for borrowing. Please inquire at the Reference Desk.
The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid.The Invention of Wings follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.