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The Invention of Wings (2014)

de Sue Monk Kidd

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"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"--… (mais)
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"History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart of our own."

I appreciated the note at the end detailing how closely Kidd worked with historical materials. The history nerd in me held hands with the literature lover in me and together they skipped away into the sunset. (A sunset that was a bit too tidy for my liking, btw). ( )
  SamBortle | Jul 23, 2021 |
Kidd's novel is based on the true life story of sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké who spoke openly in the 1830s in favor of liberty for African American slaves and equality for women. Born and raised in affluebt Charleston, SC, this books starts with Sarah being given her own slave, Hetty "Handful." It follows Handful and her mother's willful disobedience regarding slavery, and Sarah's own anti-slavery feelings, which essentially disenfranchise her from family and the South. Very well done. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Just fantastic in every way. And I will be forever grateful to the friend of a friend who particularly recommended LISTENING to this one. Actresses Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye voice the alternating chapter characters of white Charleston early abolitionist Sarah Grimke and Hetty/Handful, the slave Sarah is given on her 11th birthday against her wishes. Lamia's and Oduye's skill drew me right into the story, and their voices stayed with me even when I grew impatient with the pace of listening, and read several chapters myself towards the end. Sue Monk Kidd did exhaustive research to produce this novel, and explains in her Author's Note at the end where she diverged from fact. While she does embellish and imagine, she is largely faithful to the true story of Sarah and her fellow abolitionist sister, Angelina (Nina). Kidd has done a great service by bringing their lives (which had largely been forgotten, even in Charleston) and Handful's (which was invented, but also based on research) to a much wider audience than the straight historical accounts had previously reached. But all of that might not have worked so well if she hadn't made all three of them, as well as other background characters, so memorable, moving, and compelling. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
Abolitionist sisters years before the civil war, fought to end slavery. ( )
  pgabj | May 15, 2021 |
I found the story of Sarah and Handful inspiring and troubling. I'm always outraged and incredulous when I read about an atrocious historical event and Kidd's exploration of America's "peculiar institution" certainly evoked said emotions in me, but it also brought me a sense of relief over how much times have changed in this country and a sense of hope that social justice and gender and racial equality will be even further realized as time goes on. The juxtaposition of Sarah and Handful's stories was very clever, allowing the reader to see how they were both oppressed despite their seemingly disparate circumstances. The fight in both these women is nothing short of inspirational. Handful and her mother's plight was, obviously, especially moving and their mother/daughter bond very touching. I enjoyed sticking with these characters through the decades and I found many many moments heartbreaking. I could go on and on about the many reasons I loved this book. The Invention of Wings is a beautiful story. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
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Both Handful and Sarah are admirable characters, though rather disappointingly so. Improbable allies are most engaging when they make life hard for each other and generally it takes them a while to find their common pulse. But Sarah empathizes so completely with Handful from the very beginning that we never get to doubt their innate sisterhood. While their identities as mistress and slave imply conflict, it’s not a conflict played out between them. Handful’s rich resentment is rarely directed at Sarah. How could it be? The actual Sarah Grimké may have been as earnest and honorable as she is here, but a little less righteousness might have furnished this story with a wider wingspan.
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The truth, she said, is that every girl must have ambition knocked out of her for her own good. You are unusual only in your determination to fight what is inevitable. You resisted and so it came to this, to being broken like a horse.
Life is arranged against us, Sarah. And it's brutally worse for Handful and her mother and sister. We're all yearning for a wedge of sky, aren't we? I suspect God plants these yearnings in us so we'll at least try and change the course of things.
"Our slaves were happy," she would boast.  It never occurred to her their gaiety wasn't contentment, but survival.
I have one mind for the master to see.  I have another mind for what I know is me.
Color prejudice is at the bottom of everything.  If it's not fixed, the plight of the Negro will continue long after abolition.
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"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"--

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