Oprah's Book Club 2.0: "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
The book is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees.
Set in the early 19th century, The Invention of Wings revolves around two women: Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a slave girl living in Charleston, and the Grimke's young daughter, Sarah. The book begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful.
Based on the real life Grimke sisters, who defied great odds to help launch the abolition movement in the United States, this is a marvelous novel. The story spans thirty five years, as the lives of Handful and Sarah become intertwined in a complex dance of two women striving for lives of their own, shaping each other's destinies, marked by guilt, estrangement, and the search for authenticity in defiance of social norms.
Here's Oprah herself on The Invention of Wings:
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