In July, Lovereading in conjunction with Tinder Press (Headline) provided me with a review copy of Sue Monk Kidd’s newest novel The Invention of Wings.
Set in Charleston in the early nineteenth century, this sweeping epic follows the lives of wealthy Sarah Grimke, who is ‘gifted’ a slave on her eleventh birthday, and that of Hetty “Handful” Grimke, her ten-year-old slave. The novel follows both women over the next thirty-five years as they each strive for a life of their own, no matter the impositions forced upon them.
I really enjoyed this moving, fascinating tale and learned a lot about American history whilst reading this- all the more so for the fact that it was based on the real lives of some of its characters- characters I genuinely didn’t want to say goodbye to upon concluding the book! This is a definite must-read for fans of her bestseller The Secret Life of Bees and was a four and a half star out of five star read for me.
You can read what I (and other reviewers) thought of this novel here.
The Invention of Wings is in bookstores from September. Make sure you check it out!
Thanks to both Lovereading and Headline for the review opportunity.