Sue Monk Kidd's debut, published in 2002, revolved around a series of pivotal relationships in a woman's life: mother-daughter, sister-sister, friend-friend, all set against the backdrop of the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s South. That novel, The Secret Life of Bees, became a mega bestseller and a very successful motion picture. Since then Kidd has generated an impressive body of work.
Her newest novel revisits the same themes and utilizes a similar backdrop as Bees (albeit a century and a half removed). Encompassing the years 1803-1838, The Invention of Wings is a historical novel recounting the relationship between Sarah Grimke, real-life daughter of a Charleston, SC slave-owning family and Hetty, usually called "Handful." Although a creation of Monk Kidd's imagination, Handful's character is based upon an actual slave given to Sarah as a birthday present when they were ...
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