The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings

Audiobook CD - 2014
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On Sarah's eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of ten-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 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
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Audio, [2014]
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9781611762525
Branch Call Number: CD BOOK FIC Kidd, S 2014
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (810 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Lamia, Jenna
Oduye, Adepero


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Damma66 Jun 25, 2017

Beautifully narrated by the two readers. Historically accurate tale about what it meant to be a slave and own slaves. Sue Monk Kidd did extensive research on slave quilts to explain the significance they had in those times.

The story is easy to follow as it effortlessly is told from the 2 points of view. Beautifully descriptive and poignant.

rpustulka May 10, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook from start to finish. I listened during my commute to work, a bit over a half and hour each way and I looked forward to getting in my car to continue this story of two girls/women who live very different lives but still connect to each other. They influenced each others lives and others against great obstacles. I laughed and cried while listening and greatly appreciated the authors end notes regarding the real history behind this story. I definitely recommend this for anyone who is interested in the history of slavery or women's rights and just an all together wonderful piece of historical fiction based on real people and actual events!

Jan 02, 2016

Excellent narration. Excellent book. Read or listen to it! Ending is somewhat weak but the rest is outstanding.

Nov 27, 2015

The story was compelling and entertaining although the subject matter of slavery was often distressing. This audio recording was well done. The readers did the voices very well. The audio production was done so superbly that it was very easy to listen to in the car. Some audio books require constant adjustment in volume, bass, and treble in order to hear the reader that it takes away from the story. At the end the author kindly goes through her historical notes on which the book was based. That made the memory of this story even more fascinating.

Sep 14, 2015

In her Author's Note, Kidd confesses she knew nothing about the Grimke sisters, despite being a Charleston resident. How wonderful that The Invention of Wings brings their important voices into the 21st century. Because enslavement of African-Americans is (thankfully) long past, we think little today about the the brave individuals who, against overwhelming opposition and at great personal risk, took up the fight to abolish slavery. We also rarely consider what it would feel like to be owned by another human being. Kidd wisely juxtaposes Handful's voice with Sarah's to drive this thought to the fore and underscore the sheer brutality of slavery. (Oh, the inconceivable notion of “gifting” a child with her own slave!) This is a powerful book about female courage, whether the female is free or enslaved.

Jun 17, 2015

I enjoyed this story but didn't get drawn into it. Parts of it seemed glossed over and left unexplored, while other parts seemed unlikely.'s based on a true story. That was the most interesting part of this book for me and I'd like to look more into the lives of Sarah and Angelina Gimke.
The Gimkes did live at a time where thoughts on slavery were changing and people were just starting to consider the moral implications of enslaving people. On another side, it also explores the enslavement of girls/women into lives that accept only becoming wives, having children, running a good home and taking care of their husbands.
That's a lot for a book to bite off and some detail is lost. All in all, a pleasant read but not a memorable one.

Feb 16, 2015

An amazing book. Used both the audio and print copy. Began with the audio which was very well read and utilized two readers one white and one black which gave a rich depth to the two main characters. The author's note at the end of the printed copy provided an historical background to the women involved.

Nov 15, 2014

This book gripped, charmed, and horrified me; all the more so when I discovered at the end that it is largely based on fact. I am happy that reading it has acquainted me with the courageous Grimke sisters, born into Charleston society, who sacrificed much as early female abolitionists and feminists. It was long overdue for me to be reminded of the monstrous nature of slavery. I am so glad I read "The Invention of Wings," and commend it to you.

Oct 08, 2014

Brilliantly and vividly written, desperately sad and horrifying, unfortunately based on all-too-true events. The story is lightened by abolitionist attempts to end slavery, which helps balance the cruelty a bit.

Highly recommended.

clu12 Mar 27, 2014

This was a wonderful listen. The readers were excellent. I often found myself lingering in the kitchen longer to "finish up" just so I could hear some more. If you listened to Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and liked it this feels like a pre-story. Enjoy!

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