The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
Go read this book. Drop any of the other books you are reading and GO!
Genre: Historical fiction
Review: The Invention of Wings is a window into the early women's movement and the abolition movement. Hetty "Handful" is a house slave in the home of the Grimke family in Charleston, South Carolina. She and her mother are expert seamstresses and truly artists. At a young age, Handful is "given" as a birthday gift to 11-year-old Sarah. The trouble begins when Sarah Grimke teaches Handful to read. Their difficult and powerful friendship will change Sarah's life. The book is complex and provides no easy answers. It fictionalizes the lives of two sisters who existed but are not well-known in history, who later become feminists and abolitionists, Sarah and her sister Angelina Grimke.
The characterizations are lovely and heartbreaking. This book will be a classic.
I read all of the articles on Oprah.com about Sue Monk Kidd and her writing process. Check this one out