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The Invention of Wings

by Sue Monk Kidd Year Published: 2014
The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The Invention of Wings follows the next thirty five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist, and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the historical record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters both real and imagined.