The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

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The Invention Of Wings

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Jan 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 400
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From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings, a 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. 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.

More books by Sue Monk Kidd

1. The Book Of Longings

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Mar 23, 2021
Number of Pages: 448
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Ana is a rebellious young woman, a gifted writer with a curious, brilliant mind, who writes secret narratives about the neglected and silenced women around her. Raised in a wealthy family in Galilee, she is sheltered from the brutality of Rome’s occupation of Israel. Ana is expected to marry an elderly widower to further her father’s ambitions, a prospect that horrifies her. A chance encounter with the eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything: his ideas and his passion are intoxicating. Taking Ana on a journey she could never have imagined, The Book of Longings is a glorious evocation of a time and a place where astounding events unfolded, and of one woman’s fate when she fights to make her voice heard.

2. The Secret Life Of Bees

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 313
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After her mother’s death, Lily Owens and her African-American maid seek refuge from the racism of their South Carolina hometown with eccentric beekeeping sisters in this coming of age story representing the letter “K” in a new series of twenty-six collectible editions.

3. Traveling With Pomegranates

by: Sue Monk KiddAnn Kidd Taylor
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 304
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The authors describe their introspective journeys to Greece and France, during which they reconnected while Sue grappled with midlife challenges and writer’s block and Ann struggled with heartbreak and post-college career questions.

4. The Mermaid Chair

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 335
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Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to tiny Egret Island, where she meets Brother Thomas, a monk who is about to take his final vows, and encounters the legend of a mysterious chair dedicated to a saint who had originally been a mermaid.

5. All Things Are Possible

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Jul 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 60
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All Things Are Possible gives you encouragement through Psalms and verses of the Bible.

6. Love’s Hidden Blessings

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Jan 01, 1990
Number of Pages: 202
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7. This Is the Day

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Jun 01, 1987
Number of Pages: 60
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8. Firstlight

by: Sue Monk Kidd
Release date: Jan 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 240
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Draws largely from the author’s early writings for “Guideposts,” featuring inspirational stories and essays that reflect various aspects of Monk’s early writing career and quest for spiritual awareness.

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