Afternoon Book Discussion

The Dighton Library’s Afternoon Book Discussion group is meeting on Thursday, March 31 at 4:00 to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

The Invention of Wings

From Booklist:/* Starred Review */ Inspired by the true story of  early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Kidd paints a moving portrait of  two women inextricably linked by the horrors of  slavery. Sarah, daughter of  a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, exhibits an independent spirit and strong belief in the equality of  all. Thwarted from her dreams of  becoming a lawyer, she struggles throughout life to find an outlet for her convictions. Handful, a slave in the Grimké household, displays a sharp intellect and brave, rebellious disposition. She maintains a compliant exterior, while planning for a brighter future. Told in first person, the chapters alternate between the two main characters’ perspectives, as we follow their unlikely friendship (characterized by both respect and resentment) from childhood to middle age. While their pain and struggle cannot be equated, both women strive to be set free—Sarah from the bonds of  patriarchy and Southern bigotry, and Handful from the inhuman bonds of  slavery. Kidd is a master storyteller, and, with smooth and graceful prose, she immerses the reader in the lives of  these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Beginning with her phenomenally successful debut, The Secret Life of  Bees (2002), Kidd’s novels have found an intense readership among library patrons, who will be eager to get their hands on her latest one. — Price, Kerri (Reviewed 10-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 110, number 4, p22)

Copies of the book are available at the library. All are welcome to join the discussion.