Sue Monk Kidd is a writer from Sylvester, Georgia, best known for her 2002 novel The Secret Life of Bees. Her 2014 novel, The Invention of Wings, is set during the antebellum years (the period before the civil war and after the War of 1812) and based on the life of Sarah Grimké, a 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights pioneer.

“Missus showed up and said, “Hetty, this is Sara’s eleventh birthday and we are having a party for her’….. She took a lavender ribbon from the top of the pie safe and circled it around my neck, tying a bow……….”

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women- Sarah Grimké, the difficult daughter to a rich family and Hetty Grimké, the black slave girl gifted to Sara on her eleventh birthday.

Set in the early 19th century, this is a story about two girls, their extreme differences and the unlikely friendship that follows. Kidd in this soul touching- tale, ‘invents’ the miracle that captures true innocence of life in some of the darkest hours of human history.

The story follows a bond formed from naïve childhood days that continues to grow stronger with time. It not only explores the hideous truth of slavery but also reminds the reader, the power of one’s voice.

A privilege is something, not everyone is born with, which is why it is important for those who have it, to use it. This powerful master piece by Kidd teaches us the importance of finding our words and using our voices to help those who are muted by the evils of the society.

So all you revolutionaries, feminists, humanists and basically everyone who ever had a dream to make the world a better place, but lacked incentive…. Here is the book for you!

The book, which will show you the dark side of our past!

The book, which will show you the true meaning of friendship and how it can surpass all social, racial and economic barriers!

The book, which will prove the worth of speaking out for what you believe in and most importantly…..

The book, where the journey of two brave women, will hopefully inspire yours too!

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