• List Price: CDN$ 32.95
  • You Save: CDN$ 13.56 (41%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
The Invention of Wings: A... has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 6.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ships from the USA. Please allow 14-21 business days for delivery. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Very good condition book with only light signs of previous use. Sail the Seas of Value.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The Invention of Wings: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Jan 7 2014

4.6 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

See all 26 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover, Deckle Edge
"Please retry"
CDN$ 19.39
CDN$ 12.88 CDN$ 0.83

Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping for Six Months When You Try Amazon Student
click to open popover


Frequently Bought Together

  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel
  • +
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
  • +
  • The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Total price: CDN$ 75.74
Buy the selected items together

No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st Edition edition (Jan. 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670024783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670024780
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

Product Description

Review

Praise for The Invention of Wings
 
“A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman – slave or free . .  a conversation changer.” – Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“Exhilarating. . .powerful. . .By humanizing these formidable women, The Invention of Wings furthers our essential understanding of what has happened among us as Americans – and why it still matters.” – The Washington Post
 
“A textured masterpiece, quietly yet powerfully poking our consciences and our consciousness . . . leaves us feeling uplifted and hopeful.” – NPR
 
“A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave.” – USA Today
 
“Kidd has managed to avoid both condescension and cliché, creating an unforgettable character in the slave Handful, the emotional core of her utterly engaging third novel.” – The Boston Globe  
                                                                                             
“If this isn’t an American classic-to-be, I don’t know what is. . .this book is as close to perfect as any I’ve ever read.” – The Dallas Morning News
                                                                               
“A powerful story of rebellion and heroism. . .The remarkable courage and hope found in The Invention of Wings is a reminder that we all have those wings – and tells us a lot more about how we got them.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
                                                                              
“Kidd has done a marvelous job of capturing two special and vibrant voices. . . I can’t recall reading a book about slavery that presented in such vivid and heartbreaking detail just what the daily life and labor felt like.” – The Minneapolis Star Tribune
                                                                      
“A total revelation. . .the book is balanced by two extraordinary women:  real-life abolitionist and feminist Sarah Grimké and the imagined handmaiden Handful, who nearly leaps off every page.” – Patrick Bass, Essence

About the Author

Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Florida.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
At the age of 11, young Sarah Grimmke is given her first slave, Handful. She shies away from the idea of owning someone, and tries unsuccessfully to free Handful. As the two girls grow, they each long to break the bonds imposed on them by society. Sarah eventually becomes an abolitionist and a feminist.

Based on the real historical characters of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, the story is beautifully told. The two narratives (that of Sarah and Handful) are compelling. Both are strong, intelligent women, constrained by society and circumstance.

I was, however, disappointed when the story switched focus from Sarah and Handful to Sarah and her sister Angelina. As the book progresses, Handful's story gets shorter and shorter in relation to Sarah's, until Handful is reduced to a simple motivating factor for Sarah. While Handful also acquires a younger sister, Sky, we never know much about her, apart from her talent for growing plants. She's more or less an appendage of Handful's.

"The Invention of Wings" does contain much historical information about slavery - most of it horrifying. As a story about an early abolitionist/feminist, it's inspiring. If it had been clear from the beginning that's what it was, I likely would have enjoyed it more.

If you're planning to read it, I suggest flipping to the back of the book and reading the author's historical notes first.
2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am very disappointed with Kindle's dictionary coming together with book. The idea to have a dictionary with the book is awesome, but without prounounciation of entries in the dictionary bothers me.

As a second language, reading in English, I still come across new words. The dictionary helps me to expand vocabulary. However, in kindle's dictionary, it does not give the pronounciation of entries of the dictionary! Learning a language, the first thing is to know how to say the words. If I do not know the meaning of the word how can I say it. I do see the improvement of the dictionary. When you select a word by pressing it for a second, three Windows pops out at the same time:The definition of the word, the Wikipedia explainations, and a translation window that can put his first language as the target language. Interestingly there is a speaker button in the translation window, which you can press to get the prounoucciation of your target language. Why doesn't this function a spear at the place where it is mostly needed. I guess this feature helps those who speak English and yet learning another language but not those who learning English. Please go to a Kobo book, take a look at their dictionary. You can do better than it by put pronouciation into printed version and added sound to it.

Ereading does help me a lot in learning an additional language. The convenience to bring up a installed dictionary is the main reson I shifted to non paper reading. Now I buy and read a book each month. Which ebook can give me the most effective reading experiences is becoming the top consideration to choose on the market. I spend such long time to put this feedback here with the hope that some change can be made soon.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
By Linda Pfeiffer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The biggest surprise was finding out that the two main characters, sisters, Sarah and Nina, really existed. Sue Monk Kidd writes a partially fictional account of the two sisters as they oppose the practice of slavery in the early 1800's, and also follow the life of a slave owned by their father with whom the sisters are friends. The fictional slave character, "Handful", lives up to her name by not accepting her restricted and sometimes brutal life. The story fluctuates between the sisters and Handful, and between the North and the South as the abolitionist movement gains momentum. A good, satisfying read.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
To be quite honest, I was expecting a more gripping story. I found this to be a well written, interesting novel, but it was sometimes a challenge to make myself continue reading it. I did enjoy how Sue Monk Kidd was able to really capture the girls age, and their education disparity, when she was writing from the two perspectives as they grew up. You really got a sense of what it was like to live in that time era as both a privileged white woman or a black house slave. That being said, it was just not my favourite book.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Gorgeous writing, and a beautiful character study of the city of Charleston itself. Kidd's book concerns a real-life abolitionist but reads like a novel, with an engaging plot and well-drawn characters. A wonderful book if you like historical fiction or Kidd's writing.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was one of the best books I have read~!! Of course, anything by Sue Monk Kidd is going to be good. The characters were well developed and the story spell-binding~!! I highly recommend this book, I loved it~!!
One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a really interesting and enjoyable read. I could hardly put it down. It was an excellent eye into the lives of slaves and what they were subjected to. I also enjoyed the fact that it was a work of fiction based on the lives of 2 sisters who actually lived in a household owning slaves, and how they voiced their objection to slavery and the ramifications to them personally for such a stance. I would highly recommend it.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most recent customer reviews



Feedback