The Invention of Wings

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Viking, 2014 - FICTION - 373 pages
"the story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"--

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Part fiction part fact about real people in history. The Grimke sisters grew up in slave holding family yet became abolitionists. Reviewed it at two book groups. Everyone enjoyed it. Read full review

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A very good read. Good book for book club discussion groups. When butterflys change their normal habits the world changes for a family some scientists and a town. Read full review

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