The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
A tale of two sisters and a slave, this superb book takes you back in time to early 19th century South Carolina. Sarah Grimke and her sister, Angelina, struggled to break away from a life where a woman’s worth is measured by who she marries and slave ownership is accepted and justified. Parallel to Sarah’s story is that of Hattie (Handful) Grimke, a house slave whose own fictional struggles are interwoven with true, rarely acknowledged events in lives of Charleston’s slaves and free blacks.
Sue Monk Kidd’s descriptive prose transports the reader into their world as these women grow and metamorphose into strong, confident, influential historical figures.