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    Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Beesand The Mermaid Chair. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including theNew York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Florida.
    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent 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 worldand it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

    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.

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    ISBN 9780670024780
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 373
    Publisher Date 2014-01-07 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Viking Pr
    Copyright Year 2014
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 6.13 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 1.4 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kidd, Sue Monk
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Great read!

      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.

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      A very good read. Good book for book club discussion groups. When butterfly's change their normal habits, the world changes for a family, some scientists, and a town.

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    Questions & Answers

    • apparently there are two versions of this book. One with oprah and one without.

      • Hello akaelsa1, this is a hard copy of the book. But, there is a Audio-CD that is narrated: http://www.overstock.com/Books-Movies-Music-Games/The-Invention-of-Wings-CD-Audio/8125306/product.html?refccid=H6O6OG2KDFSLOE2DEY6NJPKWSA&searchidx=2 that has Oprah's notes along with narration by the author. Thanks for shopping with us! -Matthew P.

    • is this book narrated by Oprah?

      • Hello akaelsa1, this is a hard copy of the book. But, there is a Audio-CD that is narrated: http://www.overstock.com/Books-Movies-Music-Games/The-Invention-of-Wings-CD-Audio/8125306/product.html?refccid=H6O6OG2KDFSLOE2DEY6NJPKWSA&searchidx=2 that has Oprah's notes along with narration by the author. Thanks for shopping with us! -Matthew P.

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