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The Invention of Wings

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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. 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.

Издательство: "Random House, Inc." (2005)

ISBN: 978-0-525-42680-6

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Sue Monk Kidd

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birthplace = Sylvester, Georgia
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Sue Monk Kidd (born August 12, 1948) is a writer from the Southern United States, best known for her novel, "The Secret Life of Bees".

Kidd, who was born in Sylvester, Georgia, graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in nursing in 1970 and worked throughout her twenties as a Registered Nurse and college nursing instructor.

She got her start in writing when a personal essay she wrote for a writing class was published in "Guideposts" and reprinted in "Reader's Digest". She went on to become a Contributing Editor at "Guideposts".

Her first books, "God’s Joyful Surprise" (Harper SanFrancisco, 1988) and "When the Heart Waits" (Harper SanFrancisco, 1990), were spiritual memoirs describing her experiences in contemplative Christianity. "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter" (Harper SanFrancisco, 1996) introduced themes from feminist theology.

Her first novel, "The Secret Life of Bees" (Viking, 2002), was completed over three and a half years. Her second novel, "The Mermaid Chair", was published in 2005, and made into a Lifetime movie with negative reviews. "Bees" is currently in the process of being filmed for a motion picture set for release in fall 2008.

She has acknowledged Henry David Thoreau, Kate Chopin, Thomas Merton, Martha Burke, and Carl Jung as influences.

She is currently Writer in Residence at Phoebe Pember House in Charleston, where she lives with her husband, Sanford (Sandy) Kidd, two children, Bob and Ann, and a black lab, Lily.

External links

* [http://www.suemonkkidd.com Official web site]

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