Don’t miss the extraordinary new novel from Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings – published on 21st April 2020, and available to pre-order now
The Invention of Wings: The No. 1 New York Times bestseller. A powerful and extraordinary novel about the unlikely friendship between two exceptional women during the last years of slavery in the US. From the celebrated author of the multi-million-copy-bestselling novel The Secret Life of Bees.
‘Fascinating… A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines’ The Times
‘Wonderful – well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling’ Daily Mail
‘A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman – slave or free’ Oprah Winfrey
‘A resonant, illuminating novel’ Observer
Sarah GrimkÃ© is the middle daughter. Her mother says she’s difficult and her father says she’s remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ GrimkÃ© is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows that what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept another person as a present. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …
A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, The Invention of Wings evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of otherwise respectable people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
What readers say about The Invention of Wings:
‘You cannot fault Sue Monk Kidd’s writing; she very adeptly speaks with both Sarah and Handful’s voice. The pictures she paints are vivid, compelling and haunting; this is not a novel I will easily forget‘ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘I was not expecting this book to grab my heartstrings and pull the way that it did‘ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘The weaving of fact and fiction into a powerful novel covering abolition of slavery, women’s ambitions in 19th century America, love, family, betrayal and hope for a better future make compelling reading‘ Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
‘Unforgettable. This book was completely and utterly dynamic. From the first word to the last I was enthralled with Sarah and Handful. So powerful‘ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars