The Invention of Wings -Â Hetty “Handfulâ€ 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 Grimkeâ€™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.
Kiddâ€™s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarahâ€™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 otherâ€™s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
Author: Sue Monk Kidd; Reader: Anne Shapiro