The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

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The No. 1 New York Times bestseller.

THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd was selected as an Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick on December 10, 2013.

From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.

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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 239 x 34mm | 638g
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 1472212754
  • 9781472212757
  • 93,035

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'A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave... A beautifully written book about the awe-inspiring resilience of America's enslaved people' * USA Today * 'A poignant tale set in America's Deep South in the last days of slavery' * Good Housekeeping * 'An exploration of slavery already singled out by Oprah Winfrey for her game-changing book club' * Sunday Express * '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 * 'This year's The Help - but even better' * Fabulous Magazine (supplement to The Sun) * '[A] once-in-a-lifetime read... Sue Monk Kidd's ability to leave readers desperate for more is unrivalled' * Stylist * 'Unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery... a resonant, illuminating novel' * Observer * 'Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling' * Daily Mail * 'The fascinating story of real-life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines' * The Times * A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave... A beautifully written book about the awe-inspiring resilience of America's enslaved people * USA Today * A poignant tale set in America's Deep South in the last days of slavery * Good Housekeeping * An exploration of slavery already singled out by Oprah Winfrey for her game-changing book club * Sunday Express * 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 * 'A moving tale of slavery in the Deep South' **** * Heat * This year's The Help - but even better * Fabulous Magazine (supplement to The Sun) * [A] once-in-a-lifetime read... Sue Monk Kidd's ability to leave readers desperate for more is unrivalled * Stylist * Unflinchingly depicts the brutality of slavery... a resonant, illuminating novel * Observer * Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling * Daily Mail * The fascinating story of real-life abolitionist sisters, Sarah and Angelina Grimke... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines * The Times *
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About Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of three novels, all of which have been international bestsellers: The Secret Life Of Bees, The Mermaid Chair and The Invention Of Wings. The Secret Life Of Bees spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and was turned into an award-winning film. The Mermaid Chair and The Invention of Wings were both No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Sue is also the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including Travelling with Pomegranates, which she co-wrote with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.

Sue lives in Florida with her husband Sandy.

www.suemonkkidd.com
Twitter @suemonkkidd
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208,490 ratings
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4 41% (86,130)
3 13% (27,513)
2 2% (4,335)
1 1% (1,581)
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