The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd



Our Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd, the author of the popularly acclaimed The Secret Life of Bees, revisits slavery and the rights of women and their fight to have their voices recognised in the deep American south of the 1800’s.   The story opens in the grand house of Sarah Grimké, one of the many children of the ‘missus’, a wealthy white woman who runs her household with a mixture of the lash and a twisted kind of caring. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter in the large family…her mother calls her ‘difficult’, her father calls her ‘remarkable’. Sarah, who longs to be a lawyer, is to her horror gifted a slave of her own age, wrapped up in lavender bow, upon her 11th birthday.  A slave she will possess for the rest of her life. She frantically thinks of various means to give her back to her mother Charlotte.  When all else fails she promises Charlotte, the mother of  Hetty “Handful” Grimké that she will one day free her.
So begins the start of an remarkable friendship and a kind a sisterhood between slave and her mistress that will span most of their life. Vividly portrayed, The Invention of Wings is a soaringly beautiful and ultimately uplifting novel based upon the true story of Handful, her mistress Sarah and her sister Nina, who in the early 1800s who became the first female slavery abolition agents.


Review by Nicole Maher @ Great Escape Books