Monday, February 1, 2016
The Invention of Wings/Sue Monk Kidd/373 pgs.
Sarah Grimke is the different one in her family. Born into a wealthy, South Carolina family in the 1880s, Sarah has a thirst for knowledge, and an aversion to the institution of slavery. Author Kidd takes the reader on the journey of Sarah's life, and that of Hetty "Handful" Grimke--one of the slaves in the Grimke household. Told in the voices of Sarah and Hetty through alternating chapters, Kidd brings life in the South to the reader in all its ramifications--mistreatment of slaves, inequality of the races, lack of women's rights, etc. It's an engrossing read, based loosely on the lives of Sarah Grimke and her sister, Angelina Grimke--activists in the women's movement. Highly recommended!