The Invention of Wings by Sue Monks Kidd

Updated: Feb 11

Book Review by Dr Renée Ralph

This book "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monks Kidd illuminates human dignity in the face of oppression and slavery. The writing is witty, warm and funny, bringing out the darkness of society and how life can be free if we fight for it.


It highlights two main characters Sarah Grimké, the white girl brought up in the American Deep South in the 19th century. It tells the tale of Hetty 'Handful' Grimké, the black girl who is given to Sarah on her birthday as a gift to serve her needs.


Sarah questions the conventions and upbringing in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century and struggles inwardly to find the truth for womanhood and sisterhood. The current way of living for Sarah is stifling and unforgiving.

It also highlights Handful's resilient personality and her close relationship with her mother, Mauma - who desires to be a free woman. It shows how human beings can be cruel and unkind to another human being, yet, in the end, hope, truth and light shines through.


An unforgettable read.


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