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Reviewed by Laura Godfrey
After the success of her first two novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, Southern America-born author Sue Monk Kidd has written another novel that seems destined to have a lasting impact on readers. The Invention of Wings is based on Sarah and Angelina Grimké, two real-life sisters from the early 19th century—they were the first female abolition agents, fighting for racial equality, and among the earliest major American feminist thinkers. The author has taken details from the documented lives of these women, and woven in some details of her own to create an inspiring story full of rich characters.
The Invention of Wings begins with young Sarah Grimké, an intelligent, redheaded girl from a wealthy, slave-owning family in Charleston, South Carolina. For her 11th birthday, Sarah’s mother gives her a gift: ownership of Hetty “Handful,” a 10-year-old slave who is intended to be Sarah’s handmaid. But even at that age, Sarah is strong in her conviction about the evils of slavery, and tries to refuse this unwanted gift.