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The Invention of Wings: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2014

Duration: 13 hours 43 minutes


From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women
Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

Hetty “Handful” 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 Grimke’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.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’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 other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.


  • Erika K

    Beautiful stories. I love the narration. It enabled the story to unfold in my imagination. The description of the events each of the women's lives were extremely heartfelt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Kelly G.

    Excellent book and narration - I highly recommend!

  • Jamie Z.

    One of my all-time favorite books, wow. i loved the two main characters, and how the story was alternately told through them. The two he readers were both outstanding. So well-written and researched. Hearing the author talk at the end about her process in writing the book, and how much was historically accurate and true in the story, added so much and helped satisfy my curiosity and desire for MORE. I learned a great deal about slavery, both intellectually and emotionally. Thank you author and narrators!

  • Cathy D.

    Amazing. I was so sad when the book ended. Not sure what I enjoyed more...the story or the narrators. Just lovely.

  • Pam R.

    Painful because of the nature of the story but very well written and the narrators were very good. Probably one of my favorites so far!

  • Caroline H

    Thanks to outstanding writing and skilled narration, I found myself immersed in the lives of Sarah, Charlotte, Handful, and Nina from the very first words to the final page. Sue Monk Kidd brings Charleston to life like few others, and her thoughtful, colourful descriptions made me yearn to return to East Bay and Market Street before I inevitably reread this remarkable novel.

  • Megan H

    This book is empowering and the narrators are magnificent! This is a book that I will repeatedly listen to.

  • Nancy K

    I just listened to this book again. I love the book and the narrators. As I read (listened), I looked up things I had questions about, and always found them to be accurate. At the end, the author details her research and any liberties she took with dates, characters, etc. Great book!

  • Sharon J

    I will most definitely be recommending this book to others. I haven't met a Sue Monk Kidd book I haven't liked!

  • Arwa Y

    I enjoyed reading this book. What makes this book so unique is her style of storytelling. It was very interesting to see how the characters comprehend the events, how one event can be told by two different people who lives under two different circumstances.

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