The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd audiobook

The Invention of Wings: A Novel

By Sue Monk Kidd
Read by Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye

Penguin Audio, Blackstone Publishing, Penguin Random House 9780670024780
13.71 Hours Unabridged
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A gift for Mom on Mother's Day, 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.

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Summary

Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Fiction

A #1 New York Times bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

One of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2014

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

A #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller

A #1 Washington Post bestseller

A #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller

A #1 San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

A USA Today bestseller

A Chicago Tribune bestseller

Oprah’s Book Club Selection

Selected for the 2015 ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration

Selected for the January 2014 Indie Next List

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

A Library Journal bestseller of 2014

A BookPage Best Book of 2014

A gift for Mom on Mother's Day, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Kidd has managed to avoid both condescension and cliché, creating an unforgettable character in the slave Handful, the emotional core of her utterly engaging third novel. The Boston Globe  
A searing and soaring story of two women bound together as mistress and slave. USA Today
A textured masterpiece, quietly yet powerfully poking our consciences and our consciousness . . . leaves us feeling uplifted and hopeful. NPR
If this isn’t an American classic-to-be, I don’t know what is. . .this book is as close to perfect as any I’ve ever read. The Dallas Morning News
A powerful story of rebellion and heroism. . .The remarkable courage and hope found in The Invention of Wings is a reminder that we all have those wings – and tells us a lot more about how we got them. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A total revelation. . .the book is balanced by two extraordinary women:  real-life abolitionist and feminist Sarah Grimké and the imagined handmaiden Handful, who nearly leaps off every page. Patrick Bass, Essence
Kidd has done a marvelous job of capturing two special and vibrant voices. . . I can’t recall reading a book about slavery that presented in such vivid and heartbreaking detail just what the daily life and labor felt like. The Minneapolis Star Tribune
Exhilarating. . .powerful. . .By humanizing these formidable women, The Invention of Wings furthers our essential understanding of what has happened among us as Americans – and why it still matters. The Washington Post
A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman – slave or free . .  a conversation changer. Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
“Fans of Kidd’s novel will be delighted.” Publishers Weekly (audio review)
“Incredibly satisfying to read.” Publishers Weekly
“An exceptional audiobook—this story is not to be missed.” Library Journal (starred audio review)
“This richly imagined narrative brings both black history and women’s history to life with an unsentimental story of two women who became sisters under the skin—Handful, a slave in body whose mind roves freely and widely, and ‘owner’ Sarah, whose mind is shackled by family and society.” Library Journal (starred review)
“In a seamless, almost musical narration, Kathleen McInerney slowly builds tempo as she peels off the layers of this fine listening experience.” Booklist (starred audio review)
“Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery…Kidd is a master storyteller, and, with smooth and graceful prose, she immerses the reader in the lives of these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement.” Booklist (starred review)
“Kidd hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Sue Monk Kidd

Author Bio: Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, the memoirs Traveling with Pomegranates, which she wrote with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor; The Dance of the Dissident Daughter; and When the Heart Waits, and Firstlight, a collection of her early writings. The Secret Life of Bees has spent more than 220 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted into an award-winning movie starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie. Both of her novels have been translated into more than twenty-four languages. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Sue lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Florida.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 13.71
Audience: Adult
Language: English