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Invention of Wings Audiobook

Invention of Wings Audiobook


Written By: Sue Monk Kidd
Narrated By: Jenna Lamia, Sue Monk Kidd, Adepero Oduye
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: January 2014
Duration: 13 hours 43 minutes

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Invention of Wings Audiobook Summary

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Invention of Wings Audiobook Reviews

The Invention of Wings is written in two voices. The first – Sarah Grimke, daughter of a wealthy judge and plantation owner in Charleston, North Carolina. Sarah and her sister Angelina are directly from history, well known as early abolitionists and women’s right activists… you can easily read about them on the internet, but don’t until you finish the book.

The second voice – “Handful” or Hettie, the 9 year old slave girl who is given to Sarah for her 11th birthday present. The book follows both girls… for 35 years… as Hettie’s mostly fictional life is stitched alongside Sarah’s mostly factual life. The two voices compare and contrast in a patchwork I found beautiful.

The audio is really good, but I have to tell you after listening to “The Help” so many times Jenna’s voice would occasionally break the spell and I would see “Skeeter” in my mind instead of Sarah.

At the end Sue Monk Kidd explains her research, what parts are historically accurate and where she has taken liberties… made it even more meaningful. A life quilt is pieced during the book by Hettie’s mother, but I can picture the book itself as a quilted story… of reaching, losing, dreaming and becoming.

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