Book Review: The Invention of Wings

CoverEvery so often we here at CityGirls receive the honour of reviewing a novel before it’s released. AdmittedlyThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (author of The Secret Life of Bees) is not the typical type of novel either of us would read, but it is so well written with strong subject matter that is infuriating to us both as humans and as women.

What made this a truly compelling tale was Sarah Grimke, a historical figure in the time of the abolition movement where women were rarely heard let alone heard with a political view point. Kidd goes beyond what is historically known of Sarah and breathes new life into her. Then we have Hetty “Handful” Grimke, the slave girl who was given to Sarah at age 11 to be her very own handmaiden. Both women grow to be strong; one a victim of circumstance and one a victim of her station in life.

Both women eventually find their voice and purpose in life which is more than what they were ever destined to be. Suffering through loss, sorrow and lack of personal identity, Sarah and Handful’s at times uneasy friendship eventually forge something more meaningful and deeper than they ever thought.

Sarah’s journey through the finding of self is inspiring for young women of our time, not just during her time. She stood up for what she felt was right and often went against her parents to do it. We were saddened to learn that although Handful was indeed Sarah’s personal slave, she is never mentioned again in Sarah’s journals. Kidd revives her in The Invention of Wings and her character perfectly complements Sarah in the novel and made for a very memorable read.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is now available everywhere books are sold.

CityGirls rating: 4 glasses of wine out of 5

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