The Invention of Wings, Paperback
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From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. 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 what she does next will unleash a world of trouble.

She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ...A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship.




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Handful is given to Sarah as a birthday present when she is eleven - to be her slave. She even comes dressed in ribbons. Sarah things this is wrong even then, and so begins her fight to gain freedom - and equality, for the negro slaves.Set in the early 1800s South Carolina this is the story spanning the intertwined lives of Sarah and Handful. It's an emotional story of cruelty matched by bravery - and hope that things can change.A powerful story.