The Invention of Wings Book Review

the invention of wings


Favorite Quote: “When Mauma saw my raw eyes, she said, “Aint nobody can write down in a book what you worth.”

Rating: 4/4 stars

Title: The Invention of Wings

Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Published: January 2014

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780670024780

Would you ever have the strength to defy your family and the only way of life you have ever known? Would you be able to go against everything society has told you and start a movement of your own? In her novel The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd explores the true story of Sarah Grimke, a abolitionist and one of the first feminist voices. The story follows the story of Sarah and a slave from her family’s plantation Hetty, also known as Handful. The two create a bond that last them for the rest of their lives. Sue Monk Kidd uses fact and fiction to create the tale of the two’s unlikely friendship and connection.

I have been a fan of Sue Monk Kidd since reading The Secret Life of Bees. I feel that she writes both people of color and whites in a way that many authors fail. She is able to step into other’s shoes using fact to create an experience for all types of readers. While reading this book, a lot of what she wrote, particularly about slaves and quilting  rang true. A few years back, in Graduate School, I read the short story Everyday Use by Alice Walker. While reading this story, I researched the importance of quilting to African American heritage. I found that quilting was a time for the slaves to come together and speak freely due to the fact that they were often left on their own during this time. It was refreshing to see Kidd use such facts and references to bring her story to life. I felt as if she truly researched this time period and what it was like to be a slave and or woman during the 1820’s. It was because of this fact that my respect for her as an author has grown. She did not run off of assumptions, but fact.

I found it interesting that as done today, many used the bible to suit their agenda. It is often easy to forget that these practices have stemmed from our ancestors and those before us. Throughout the novel you see people using the bible to not only to hold down slaves and justify their treatment, but also that of women. I loved that this book highlights a true female heroine, a story that I have never heard of, one I am sure many have never heard. All in all I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I think it has an important message and story to tell.


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