Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ... A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ... A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.. Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, spent 2.5 years on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. THE MERMAID CHAIR and THE INVENTION OF WINGS each went to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and stayed on the list for many months. THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES was long-listed for the Orange Prize (now the Women's Prize for Fiction), and was turned into an award-winning film.Sue is also the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including the New York Times bestseller TRAVELLING WITH POMEGRANATES, co-written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. Sue lives in North Carolina with her husband Sandy. www.suemonkkidd.com Twitter @suemonkkidd. From the celebrated author of the international bestseller the secret life of bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.
Apasionante No conocía a las hermanas Grimké y me ha encantado leer sobre ellas, mujeres con unos principios tan fuertes y rompedores para su época. El libro está maravillosamente escrito, con una prosa fácil de seguir y a la vez llena de vocabulario literario que te transporta al siglo XIX. Las descripciones de detalles cotidianos de la vida de entonces son deliciosas. La autora logra transmitirte el caudal de sentimientos diversos de las protagonistas con maestría. Lo he disfrutado muchísimo y lo recomiendo, sobre todo porque son personas reales, gracias a las cuales las mujeres del mundo occidental disfrutamos de los derechos y libertades actuales.
bonito me ha gustado mucho y estando basado en hechos reales, de unas hermanas historicas lo hace mas bonito aun. lo recomiendo
Muy buen libro Dos voces, dos vidas muy distintas pero que confluyen en la misma lucha. Muy buena lectura e indispensable, sobre todo si eres mujer.
Excelente Muy bueno. Una buena descripción de la vida de los esclavos y de la situación de la mujer en el siglo XIX.
Precioso Es un libro muy bonito sobre la amistad y la valentía de unas mujeres que se atrevieron a luchar por sus ideales
A Thought provoking read A story of love ,hope ,pain , strength and courage . Based on true events with the authors fictional imprint this is the story of the grimke sisters, white privileged girls who fight for the freedom of slavery, at a time where females had no voice .. It is also the story of Handful who was given as a Slave to Sarah Grimke and the friendship they made throughout the years . A thought provoking book , well written and insightful to the lives in the Deep South in the 1800s ..
A beautiful, thought-provokingly haunting novel about slavery. I bought this book because I enjoyed another book by the same author, The Secret Life of Bees, which was an excellent, thought-provoking read. This book didn't disappoint me either. It documents the life of Sarah Grimké - a character whom I didn't realise actually existed in history, and did a lot towards the abolishment of slavery and women's rights. It also follows the fictional account of a slave, Hetty 'Handful' Grimké, her mother Charlotte Grimké, and the rest of the slaves and Grimké household. All of the members of the Grimké family are based on real people, the slaves, as I found from the authors note at the back, are fictional accounts, but that doesn't take away from the poignancy as what these characters went through is undoubtedly what a lot of slaves will have gone through, too. Upon being presented with Hetty as a gift for her eleventh birthday, Sarah Grimké begins her journey of disgust and revolution regarding slave labour. She and Hetty strike up perhaps an unusual friendship, considering Sarah's sister, Mary Grimké, also had a slave and had no such relationship. I really enjoyed Hetty and Sarah's relationship, it wasn't forced, and you could see the pain for both of them - for Sarah not being able to help Hetty, and for Hetty, who was the same as Sarah in her lust for life, except born into the 'wrong' colour skin for those times. I also enjoyed Hetty's relationship with her mother, Charlotte, and both of their fiery passion for freedom - not even freedom, just to be treated like a normal [white] person. Some years later, the last Grimké sibling is born, Nina Grimké. Sarah projects her passion onto Nina, even becoming her Godmother. The two share a remarkable bond, with Nina being the bullheaded one who wants to get things done asap, and Sarah being the one that theorises and takes her time, but still wanting to get things done. The two did so much, as documented in this fact-based fiction book, to help the rights of slaves and also the rights of women, through a lot of heartache, pain, belief and headstrongness. I've never really thought about the plight of slaves, because it seems quite far in history to me. What I read in this novel disgusted me - that anyone can be treated in such an inferior way solely due to the colour of their skin. Sadly, racism is still prevalent in today's society, but at least we, as a society, have come on leaps and bounds from when this novel was set in terms of recognising it, and treating everyone as an equal. A beautifully written, haunting, thought-provoking book that will most likely stay with me for a long time.
A very worthy book. A blend of fact and fiction. I am not sure quite how to review this book, but I will try. Firstly, I'm a Brit but fascinated and intrigued by the history of the American South and the story of the emancipation and suffering endured by slavery. I read Gone with the Wind some forty years ago and more recently The Help and The Underground Railroad plus a university course about the American South which is impossible to separate from its history of slavery. If any reader has an interest - as I do i - in these topics, then this is a well written and fairly absorbing book. It covers a lot of themes and begins when Handful is given to Sarah as her slave on her eleventh birthday and Sarah tries to bestow upon the girl her freedom, without success. The author's aim was not to write a thinly fictionalized account of Sarah's life but a thickly imagined story inspired by her life. She splits her story between Hetty (or Handful) and Sarah one character real, and one imagined. What happened, for me, as a reader,) was that I was more drawn to the chapters about the fictionalized character, than the real person and as a book, it grew a little worthy and heavy without tugging at my heart as it perhaps ought to have done. I'm not sure that all the facts about Sarah's crusade were necessary to the story and dragged it a little. Very very glad I read it though and very interesting to learn about Angelina and Sarah Grimke who I had never before heard of.
loved it I don't normally read historical, and I'm not a fan of first person narrative, and I especially dislike dual first person narratives, but this book completely won me over. The voices of Sarah and Handful were so distinct that even without the chapter heading, I always knew whose story I was reading and both women became real because they didn't sound the same. The story kept me intrigued from the first page and I didn't want to stop reading. I was about three-quarters through before I realised the story is based on real people - I had never heard of the Grimke sisters and their involvement in abolition of slavery and women's rights. Once I knew that, the story became even more intriguing. For me it ended a little abruptly, but I suspect that was only because I had become so invested in the characters that I wanted to know more. I loved the author's note at the end, explaining the historical and literary choices she made. Beautifully written and with characters I could care about, and an insight into the America of the time. This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last.
Loved it! What a beautifully crafted book - it oozed feeling and was hugely evocative of the time it portrayed. The characterisation was so powerful, I really engaged with each and every one. The tension was so strong - I almost stopped breathing - but so was the loyalty and love shown between the characters. This novel deals with the abolition of slavery but is also about family, responsibility and moral culpability. The relationships are so cleverly constructed that you really feel the intensity of the emotion between them: Handful and her Maume; Sarah and Nina; Sarah and Handful, Sarah and Israel... All of them in fact! I hadn't realised until i'd finished that much of the book is based on real life sisters - the Grimkes and this knowledge only made the book even more incredible. I loved it!
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