The Invention of Wings (Paperback)
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The Invention of Wings (Paperback)

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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 25/09/2014
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The No. 1 New York Times bestseller. A powerful and extraordinary novel about two exceptional women during a time of brutal slavery in the Deep South, by the celebrated author of the multi-million-copy-bestselling novel The Secret Life of Bees.

'Fascinating... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines' The Times

'Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling' Daily Mail

'A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman - slave or free' Oprah Winfrey

'A resonant, illuminating novel' Observer

Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke 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, The Invention of Wings evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.

What readers are saying about The Invention of Wings:

'You cannot fault Sue Monk Kidd's writing; she very adeptly speaks with both Sarah and Handful's voice. The pictures she paints are vivid, compelling and haunting; this is not a novel I will easily forget' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'I was not expecting this book to grab my heartstrings and pull the way that it did' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

'The weaving of fact and fiction into a powerful novel covering abolition of slavery, women's ambitions in 19th century America, love, family, betrayal and hope for a better future make compelling reading' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

'Unforgettable. This book was completely and utterly dynamic. From the first word to the last I was enthralled with Sarah and Handful. So powerful' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472212771
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 304 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 29 mm

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“Over 35 years not free....”

African American slavery and the fight for civil rights seem hot subjects at the moment, last year's film, "Lincoln" and this year's "Twelve Years a Slave" being just two examples. We... More

Hardback edition
3rd January 2014
Helpful? Upvote 43

“Beautiful writing, gripping story.”

On her 11th birthday, Sarah Gimke is presented with the gift of her own personal slave, Hetty - aka ‘Handful’. However, the sparks soon begin to fly when Sarah tries to grant Handful her freedom, against the wishes of... More

Paperback edition
1 similar book recommended
28th September 2015
Helpful? Upvote 18

““My body might be a slave, but not my mind. For you, it’s the other way round.””

Sarah is the daughter of a rich plantation owner, she’s grown up surrounded by slaves but even at the young age of eleven she detests the practise. Handful is ten, she’s grown up in Sarah’s household and has seen the... More

Paperback edition
5 similar books recommended
29th November 2017
Helpful? Upvote 15

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