The Invention of Wings

  • by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
  • 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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- Sara

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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- Emma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2014
  • Publisher: Headline Digital