Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls 'difficult' and her father calls 'remarkable'. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke 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 control over another human's life as a birthday gift. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ...
A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South of the early nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, and of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise. Above all, it celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 10 / 2014
- 130 x 198 x 29mm
THE INVENTION OF WINGS
Another beautifully written and moving account by the author of 'The Secret Life of Bees'. The story is woven around the lives of two sisters and the slaves owned by their family. The Grimke sisters are abolitionists during the early 1800s. Anyone who loved 'The Help' will love this too. Reviewed by 30jp