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The Invention of Wings: A Novel

By Sue Monk Kidd 


The celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees releases a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.


We follow Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, and Sarah, the Grimke’s daughter, on their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for a life of their own. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.