I read the Invention of Wings a long while back on my mom's recommendation. Recently, its name has popped up quite a few times while doling out my unsolicited recs to friends. For whatever reason, its been on my mind and I thought I'd go ahead and recommend it to everyone.
Sarah Grimke is a wealthy child living in 19th century Charleston, South Carolina. Sarah receives a slave for her eleventh birthday. Hetty, also known as Handful, is ten years old with a personality that lives up to her nickname. At the time of the birthday party, neither little girl could anticipate the way in which their relationship would shape their futures.
Sue Monk Kidd allows us to follow the girls over the next thirty-five years as they grow, intertwine, and change. Both women will pursue freedom in very different ways. Handful becomes the most sought after seamstress in Charleston. Sarah joins the abolitionist and women's liberation movements.
The Invention of Wings is a fantastic book. It makes you think and think and think some more. It is one of those books you feel better after reading, like you've acquired depth through your tangential interaction with the story. Kidd forces the reader to reflect. I paused to consider notions of justice. I thought about courage and freedom. What might I be willing to do for liberty? I give this book five stars out of five. So meaningful and well written.