Just Read: The Invention of Wings


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Set before the Civil War, The Invention of Wings explores the relationship between Sarah, a daughter of wealthy slave owners, and Hetty (Handful), a slave.

The two women each are trapped in their separate ways. Sarah is trapped by the expectations of her class and for women in general; while Handful is literally enslaved. The book flashes between the two as they each pursue their individual freedoms. I wasn’t a big fan of Sue Monk Kidd’s other best-sellers so I went into this with little expectation. I loved this book. Sarah Grimké was a real person (who I had never heard of) and I of course immediately had to learn about her life after reading the story. That’s a perfect example of what great historical fiction should accomplish.

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Dara is a librarian to many, mom to two, and wife to one bearded man. Her hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, and serving as honorary (imaginary) godmother to Prince George. She has been learning to knit for 3 years. It is not going well.

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