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The Invention of Wings (2014)

por 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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I have been off Sue Monk Kidd for several years now because her New Age spiritual quests just make me tired. However, this is a more straightforward historical novel about an actual 19th Century abolitionist, Sarah Grimké , and her slave Hetty (Hetty was also a real person. However, she died in childhood, so this character is almost wholly imagined.), AKA Handful

Sarah is born to an upper class Charleston family but turns against slavery after she is forced to watch a slave being whipped as a child. When she decides to become a Quaker, she is forced to leave Charleston and goes to live in Philadelphia where she becomes involved in the Abolitionist movement Later joined by her sister, Angelina, the two hit the popular 19th Century lecture circuit lecturing the abolitionist cause & also preaching women's rights.

But she never forgets Handful and the effort to save her former slave makes an exciting conclusion to the book. ( )
  etxgardener | Feb 3, 2021 |
Excellent! ( )
  BobbieJR | Jan 14, 2021 |
Beautiful ( )
  jillSinclair | Jan 6, 2021 |
Set in the south pre Civil War, I didn't like this book as much as the Secret Life of Bees. I did enjoy the feminist angle and the fact that we jumped between two points of view but I found the ending a little hard to believe and fraught with issues. The illustration of the South's refusal to admit the wrong of slavery was very well done but just made me crazy. If Sarah's father didn't believe in it, as he confessed, why did he never say anything. I found his behaviour the most objectionable of all. ( )
  FurbyKirby | Jan 5, 2021 |
Lovely story. A somewhat fictionalized account of the sisters Grimke from Charleston in the mid 1800's who became early advocates of abolition and women's suffrage. Played as a story told back and forth between one of the sisters and her slave maid, it visualized the time and place well. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
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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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