The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Reviewed January 2014: The Invention of Wings follows two girls from the deep south in the 19th century; Sarah and her slave Hetty. The book tracks their journey through adolescence and into adulthood exploring the challenges and emotions of the two both together and separately. Initially it felt like a story I already knew and didn’t grip me like some books have. That soon changed as Sarah grew up and the story took a more complex turn. I liked the way both girls were fighting their own battles in different ways. I found the interaction of the two kept me interested. This book explored both slavery and feminism and did this well. I wasn’t sure about the end point; I felt it needed a few more days to complete the story properly. Perhaps this was the author’s intent to keep the reader wanting more. Overall a good read with strong characters which will stay with me for a while.

5/5 stars

Get the book here The Invention of Wings (UK) or here The Invention of Wings (US)

If you liked this you might also like The Signature of All Things and The Tea Planter’s Wife

I received this book in exchange for a review on Lovereading.co.uk. Find more reader reviews here LoveReading.co.uk

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