The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd

20140303-082217 pm.jpgFormat: Paperback
Publisher Tinder Press
Published: 7th January 2014
Pages: 410 Pages

The Blurb
There was a time in Africa the people could fly. Mamma told me this one night when I was ten years old. She said, “Handful, your Grammy-mauma saw it for herself. She say they flew over trees and clouds. She say they flew like blackbirds. When we came here, we left the magic behind.

“You don’t believe me? Where you think these shoulder blades of yours come from, girl?”

Those skinny bones stuck out from my back like nubs. She patted them and said “This all what left of your wings. They nothing but these flat bones now, but one day you gon get ’em back.”

Rating: 4/5

The Review
I won a copy of ‘The Invention of Wings’ from Tinder Press and it was the first book I ever received as a book blogger. Oh, the memories!

The novel is told through the eyes of two main characters, Sarah and Hetty “Handful”. Sarah is the daughter of a judge and is living in wealth and Handful is a slave and living in poverty. You follow their lives and the differences they have to overcome and both are very determined ladies that strive for the same goals in life.

The main topic of ‘The Invention of Wings’ is slavery and you know that from this topic it’s going to be hard-hitting.

It took me a while to get into the story, but when I did it really made me think just how much the world and society has changed. I can’t comprehend how someone can treat another human so badly just because of the colour of their skin. I’m thankful the world has seen the light and thrown such silly “opinions” away.

What I liked most was just how determined the two ladies were. They both could suffer (and did suffer) for the consequences of their actions, yet they carried on with their beliefs and goals.

What made the novel just that little special was how you saw the same situation from the eyes of two different people, as they say ‘there’s always two sides to every story’.

If you want a book that makes you think about life, then this is the one for you.

You can purchase The Invention of Wings on Amazon UK or in Hardback.

Find out more about Sue at and on Twitter @suemonkkidd.

Published by Clare

Book lover, tea drinker and sushi fiend!

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