Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Invention of Wings

Sue Monk Kidd's latest book, The Invention of Wings, introduces two narrators. Handful, a 10 year old slave who is a sewing prodigy and Sarah, a bright 11 year old voracious reader, and Handful's unwitting owner. The course of both their lives is changed when Handful is presented with a ribbon around her neck to Sarah as a birthday gift . Sarah is based on a real-life figure and daughter of one of Charleston’s leading families in the 1800s who along with her sister was banished from Charleston for her abolitionist activities. I was on a 5 week reading slump until I picked up this book. I read it in 2 days!

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