The Invention of Wings: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Jan 7 2014
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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.
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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.
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.
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A well written story....I couldn't put it down and also enjoyed he authors notes.Published 2 months ago by Elle campbell
Avery good story. Made better by being based on historical fact. Holds your interest till the end.Published 3 months ago by catherine
An excellent presentation of social injustice and insight into female heroes in the abolition of slavery. A well-researched novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bonnie Kerr
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It was a treat to read such and engaging story. I enjoyed the wring and saved many lines as quotations to share. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JCP