The Invention Of Wings
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Mermaid Chair." She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the "New York Times" bestseller" Traveling with Pomegranates," written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Florida.