The No. 1 New York Times bestseller from the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
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The Invention of Wings: The No. 1 New York Times bestseller. A powerful and extraordinary novel about the unlikely friendship between two exceptional women during the last years of slavery in the US. From 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. Her mother says she's difficult and her father says she's 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 that what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept another person as a present. 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 otherwise respectable people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
What readers say 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
'The fascinating story of real-life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines' - The Times
'Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling' - Daily Mail
'Unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery... a resonant, illuminating novel' - Observer
'This year's The Help - but even better' - Fabulous Magazine (supplement to The Sun)
'A moving tale of slavery in the Deep South' **** - Heat
'Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees was every book group's must-read novel. The Invention of Wings... promises to repeat the trick' - Guardian
'An exploration of slavery already singled out by Oprah Winfrey for her game-changing book club' - Sunday Express
'A poignant tale set in America's Deep South in the last days of slavery' - Good Housekeeping
Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, spent 2.5 years on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. THE MERMAID CHAIR and THE INVENTION OF WINGS each went to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and stayed on the list for many months. THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES was long-listed for the Orange Prize (now the Women's Prize for Fiction), and was turned into an award-winning film.
Sue is also the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including the New York Times bestseller TRAVELLING WITH POMEGRANATES, co-written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. Sue lives in North Carolina with her husband Sandy.