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The Resource The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

Label
The Invention of Wings
Title
The Invention of Wings
Statement of responsibility
Sue Monk Kidd
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling 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.Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements.Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful's cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.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.From the Trade Paperback edition
Summary
Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self
Storyline
Tone
Character
Award
Library Journal Best Books, 2014.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10234552
Cataloging source
DLC
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Kidd, Sue Monk
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
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920
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Invention of Wings
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:20cb8ac0-5ba5-4bd0-8f1b-348d05cf2d14
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780698152427
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Invention of Wings
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:20cb8ac0-5ba5-4bd0-8f1b-348d05cf2d14
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780698152427
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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