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Editorial Reviews

From the international best-selling author of The Secret Life of Bees, comes the incredible audiobook and finalist in the Audie Awards 2015, The Invention of Wings, written by Sue Monk Kidd and co-narrated by Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye. Set in the deep south of America at the peak of slavery, this is the sweeping panorama of the lives of two little girls, Sarah and Handful, who form a lasting friendship despite the very different worlds they come from. Written into this story is the history of the Abolition Movement and the fight for Women’s Rights. Available now from Audible.
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Publisher's Summary

From the celebrated author of the international best seller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.
Sarah Grimké 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 and sisterhood against all the odds.
©2014 Sue Monk Kidd (P)2014 Headline Digital
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 03-29-14

Those Ahead Of Their Time

What did you love best about The Invention of Wings?

Both the theme of people able to see right from wrong against all odds in the society they have been brought up in and in spite of it ostracizing them within their family, friends and community at large, along with the strength and endurance of the spirit during unspeakable circumstances.

What did you like best about this story?

The truth.

What does Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They both narrated beautifully but I particularly love to listen to Jenna Lamia; I've heard her narrate before and she is mesmerising. If I had read the book instead it would have been fabulous but I would have missed out on the pleasure of hearing both of their lovely voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book moved me.

Any additional comments?

I loved The Secret Lives Of Bees but this was even better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 04-17-15

fabulous story and narration

The writing was lovely and the story interesting, made more so that it is based on a true story of two Southern sisters who spent their lives campaigning against slavery and for the rights of women.

the performance of both barrators was superb as they truly brought the story to life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By s w on 05-06-15

Wonderful listen

I enjoyed every moment listening to this book it was made even better knowing that the characters although partly fictional were based on real people.
If you enjoyed The Help or the colour purple you will enjoy this. The performance of the narrators was excellent and gave life to the story and all the different characters.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Eleanor on 02-27-15

The invention of wings

It was good but not great . I did not enjoy the narration. I will try more of the authors work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sam on 05-04-15

Fantastic story and great narration

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the book The Help.
I liked learning at the end it was based on facts.
The narration is great and engaging.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alison on 05-24-15

The era of slavery

I enjoyed listening to this reading. It was narrated by two great readers, who brought the diary entries to life.
It was interesting to listen and learn about some of the first women who were brave enough to speak out about slavery and women's rights.
A great listen...

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