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The Invention of Wings
The Invention of Wings | Sue Monk Kidd
The newest Oprahs Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd features exclusive content, including Oprahs personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty Handful Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimkes daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidds sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarahs eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each others destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and womens rights movements. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handfuls cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved. Please note there is another digital edition available without Oprahs notes. Go to Oprah.com/bookclub for more OBC 2.0 content
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I've enjoyed most of SMK's works thus far, and The Invention of Wings is no different in that regard. I highly enjoyed her strong-minded characters, fighting for what's right in this world, Sarah & Nina Grimske, as well as the slaves portions of the book, Charlotte & Handful
She writes of strong minded, female characters, fighting for the injustice and abolition of slavery. Highly recommend!

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Enjoying another by Monk Kidd after enjoying ...Bees so much a few years back. I was struck by this quote.
The paragraph leading up gives it power but... "You do your rebellions any way you can."

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Today‘s Prompt: ORANGE COVER

Have you read this book?

Please share an ORANGE cover today.

My review: https://tinyurl.com/y4s88yz2

MidnightBookGirl Loved this book! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2mo
SilversReviews @MidnightBookGirl It was very good. 2mo
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k.reads.5 I've read an excerpt of this but need to read the whole thing! What I read was really good. 2mo
SilversReviews @k.reads.5 ENJOY when you read it. 😊 2mo
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🧡 this book with an #orangecover

#fallisbooked

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AmyK1
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1. Really good
2. Aim but only my best friend calls me that
3. Mozzarella sticks
4. Dinner with my sweetie tonight, get together with friends tomorrow.
5. Only one 😞

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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The end to a busy week/weekend brought on amazing bookmail today! Have you read either of these? I won The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney through a Goodreads giveaway and Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings was a purchase for an Instagram book club!
Also, my dented water bottle. 😰

tammysue I haven‘t read The Perfect Wife, but I loved The Invention of Wings ❤️ 4mo
bg_reads @tammysue I can't wait to start it! It sounds really good! Thanks! 4mo
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lisarcharles
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I loved how Sue Monk Kidd declared her right to tell the story of their lives in a way she saw fit after learning who Sarah and Angelina Grimke was.

And, the bravest of them all is Handful, the slave girl who grew to be a courageous woman, who would one day make the daring decision to set her and her sister, Sky, free.

This book reminded me of my bravery, and courage as a little girl who sought to defy the odds mounted against me.

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AmyK1
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“We weren‘t some special people who lost our magic. We were slave people, and we weren‘t going anywhere. It was later I saw what she meant. We could fly all right, but it wasn‘t any magic to it.”

Just finished this and really liked it 👍🏼

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Brought a book to read while my youngest is at the dentist. Started it yesterday and liking it so far.

megnews One of my favorites 5mo
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Bubbly_D
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Although not a historical period I normally gravitate towards this novel tells the tale of two vastly different lifestyles of the Deep South during slavery, but revolt from both slaves themselves, and the daughter of a rich, prominent white man who does not want to follow in the family footsteps ties both together!

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erinjohns
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Hope despite bitterness and appauling racicism. Of discovering ones self in blood family and soul family. Of love and everything else in between. So much more to say...

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rebbyj
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Slow. but once i got the audiobook captivating.

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It took me awhile to get into this book. Not because of anything on author's part but because I was having a rough week and wasn't up for anything serious or sad. But once I did I was intrigued and inspired by this fictional story of real life Sarah Grimké. I had never heard of her and learned a lot about the history of Abolition and Women's Rights Movements.#booksandbrewsclub🍺

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Favorite Quotes:
"afflicted with the worst female curse on earth, the need to mold myself to expectations."

"Do what you have to do, to censor us, withdraw your support, we'll press on anyway. Now, sirs, kindly take your feet off our necks."

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Samplergal
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A lovely book, loosely based on two sisters who were abolitionists from Charleston in early 1800‘s. They were also one of the first feminists. “All I ask that our brethren take their feet from off our necks. “. 4 🌟. #24in48 #24b4Monday

TheReadingMermaid Sounds like a good one. And you are doing great! 👍🏻👍🏻 10mo
Andrew65 Going well 👍😊🙌 10mo
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Samplergal
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#24b4Monday. Not the best of starts, but we were cleaning and working on the RV. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

TheReadingMermaid You got this girl. I know you can do it! 👍🏻 10mo
Kaye 👍🏼 10mo
Andrew65 A good start, and a time to build on! 👍😊 10mo
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#MusicalNewYear #SisterSuffragette This is a reimagining of real life abolitionist and early supporter of women‘s right movement, Sarah Grimké her sister Angelina and a young slave girl Hetty who is gifted to Sarah on her 11th birthday. Well researched and beautifully written, a must read for any historical fiction fan.

Texreader I‘ve got this one, just need to read it. Thanks for a great review 10mo
Cinfhen It‘s really good @Texreader I think you‘ll like it!!! 10mo
TrishB Loved this one ❤️ 10mo
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Cathythoughts I havnt heard of this one , but I do have The Secret Life of Bees ... must get to read this writer soon 10mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts that‘s a great read too 👍🏻 10mo
LeahBergen I‘m just imagining how bad I‘d look in one of those little lace caps ... 😆😆 10mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen those lace caps are a scream 😂 10mo
Kaye Good book ! 10mo
Cinfhen @Cathythoughts both books are wonderful! I‘m pretty sure secret life of bees was made into a film so that would work for #Booked2019 #BookToFilm 10mo
Cinfhen And those lace caps are NOT very flattering!!! @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts those sisters are not effusing too much joy 😂😂🤣 10mo
Cathythoughts Oh Thankyou for that tip #booktofilm ( would never have put that together ) 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
Cinfhen I agree @kaye @TrishB this was a really well done story 🥰 @kaye why are u awake????? 10mo
Cinfhen I know @LeahBergen is a night owl but I didn‘t realize u don‘t sleep either @kaye 10mo
Kaye Can‘t sleep. 10mo
vivastory This sounds fascinating. Wasn't Angelina Grimke a poet? 10mo
Cinfhen I think the sisters did write poetry @vivastory 10mo
vivastory I recall reading & enjoying it in this anthology 10mo
Cinfhen Good memory @vivastory 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I think @TrishB would like that title ( see above👆🏽) 10mo
TrishB Have stacked 👍🏻 10mo
Reviewsbylola Pretty sure I bought this one. 10mo
Cinfhen Im surprised u never read it @Reviewsbylola I feel like it was a popular book several years ago. 10mo
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t know what it was about until recently and the two books of hers I‘ve read (The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees) I thought we‘re good but nothing that made me anxious to read more of her books. 10mo
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Samplergal
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I started this today for a book club. I‘m enjoying it.

megnews This is one of my favs. 10mo
KathyWheeler I like that cover. 10mo
PacingTheCage We read this in book club too and loved it 😆 10mo
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JamieArc Did you know this is based on real people? I didn‘t until pretty far into the book. (Maybe just don‘t look them up if you don‘t want to know how the book unfolds - I can‘t remember how much the book actually follows the grimke sisters‘ real lives). 10mo
SW-T Loved it! Based on real people too. 10mo
Crazeedi I've wondered if this was worth looking into 10mo
staci.reads It's so good! 10mo
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🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡By far the best book I‘ve read this year! Sue Monk Kidd‘s writing does an excellent job capturing the emotions of the characters and portraying them to the reader. The journey of both Sarah and Handful captures the harsh realities some once faced. The story behind the quilt was amazingly powerful! If you haven‘t read this book yet, do it now!!!!!

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📚The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
📝hmm again
🍨ice cream duh
I is for impossible. It‘s hard to find favs that start with I
#manicmonday #letteri

JoScho 💛😊 1y
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The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd, is a Kindle deal today, on sale for $1.99. I can‘t say enough good things about this book. It‘s special...

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With school starting back up, I‘ve been MIA. The long weekend = time to catch up on book posts. Enjoying this beautiful weather and trying to bust out this book! #currentlyreading #weekendreads #booklove #restandrelaxation

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“All I ask of our brethren is that they will take their feet from off our necks.” Yassssss and thank you 👏🏽🤘🏻 •••• this Book was amazing and loved learning about historical trailblazing women that have been forgotten ❤️

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Libby1
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1. Sue Monk Kidd or Alexander McCall Smith

2. Child 44

3. 5‘ 11”

4. Coffee - no milk, no sugar. 😃☕️

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alisonrose Thanks for playing! 1y
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mrslamping
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I should totally be studying right now, but ..... a reading break is always a better option 🤷🏼‍♀️ #bookwormproblems #booklove #collegelife #currentlyreading #ratherbereading

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mrslamping
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Sneaking in some reading time while waiting for the kiddos to get outta school. Just started this one - who‘s read it??? Any thoughts???!!! #currentlyreading #amreading #momswhoread

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emwank25
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@Mommamanzi is doing an awesome #giveaway right now! I haven‘t read much this year, but this was my favorite of last year. I‘m tagging @faerie_druid to keep the giving going. ☺️

Mommamanzi Ahhhh I am sorry, I don‘t have anything off your tbr list but I think I may have something you will like. Email me nicoleorlando@hotmail.com with your name and mailing address and I‘ll send it on over! 1y
Melli Loving that you want to share book love with us @Mommamanzi and I‘ll tag @MicheleinPhilly to share the love 1y
obviateit Woohoo! Thanks, @Mommamanzi ! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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"History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart our own."

Wow.

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"Be careful, you can get enslaved twice, once in your body and once in your mind.....my body might be a slave, but not my mind. For you, it's the other way around."

"Whatsoever it is morally right for a man to do, it is morally right for a woman to do. She is clothed by her Maker with the same rights, the same duties."

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DMV lines are so dreadful! No matter how early I get here there's always a line 😑 On the positive note, I get some reading time while I'm here.

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I usually get worried when white people (like my ghostly self) try to write about slavery, but Sue Monk Kidd clearly did her homework. It was very well written and it wasn't until the end that I realized that many of the characters are based on real abolitionists and women's rights activists.

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This was a great read, albeit quite sad throughout much of it. I was pleasantly surprised to learn it‘s based on the real life Grimke sisters.

DrexEdit Welcome to Litsy! Thanks for the follow! I like your profile quote. It's perfect! 😊 2y
AllTheWords @DrexEdit Thank you! 🙂 2y
BookishMe This has been on my TBR since I read 2y
AllTheWords @BookishMe Yes-I loved The Secret Life of Bees. I could nearly smell the heady sweetness of honey in the processing shed. Such a wonderful read! 2y
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JoyBlue
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I love coming across Little Free Libraries on my travels. This one–at the West Columbia (SC) Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater— included several books I've read, along with a couple enticing titles I haven't.

wanderlustforwords Love these! 2y
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On the go all weekend with NO Litsy or reading time. I did pop in to the Dollar Tree and find some goodies for our Little Free Library!
Quick power nap before heading out again. Whew!

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A fascinating blend of fact & fiction - Sarah Grimke being the fact & Handful being the fiction. I had never heard of the Grimke sisters & their brave & selfless stand against slavery & their tireless efforts to advance the cause of women. Amazingly strong & intelligent women - utterly inspirational. I loved Sarah & Handful's intertwined stories & contrasting lives with their destinies juxtaposed against the horrors of the workhouse. Cont 👇👇👇

readingjedi Mrs Grimke was just awful, Mr Grimke was infuriating (Sarah's frustration at his attitudes, beliefs & values Was palpable), Charlotte & Denmark were amazing characters. Powerful stuff, well written with many memorable passages. Loved the quilt motif that run through the narrative. 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I really liked it and also found it fascinating! 2y
Libby1 I adore this book. 2y
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LikelyLibrarian This was one of my favorite reads of last year. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2y
SilversReviews Good read. 2y
amvs1111 Soooo good. 2y
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Somehow I managed to study black history and feminist theory without learning about the Grimké sisters, but better late than never. Kidd combines historical facts with imagination to create a heartbreaking yet hopeful story that focuses on sister Sarah Grimké and the enslaved Hetty (Handful). I liked the connection between these two as well as seeing the connection between abolition and the women‘s movement. The author‘s note at the end is great.

ValerieAndBooks I have this in my TBR. I loved her novel 2y
rachelk @ValerieAndBooks This was a book club selection - I‘d never read her before. I‘m adding The Secret Life of Bees to my (ever growing) TBR right now. 2y
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“To remain silent in the face of evil is itself a form of evil.” #theinventionofwings #oprahsbookclub #blackhistorymonth

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Crystallinegirl
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#febinbooks18 asked for a #bookthatstartswitht - so here's one I'm reading for Black History Month. It's a white author, but it's a book about slavery that Oprah picked for her #oprahbookclub. (All of my other #blackhistorymonth picks have POC authors.) My review of this will be on the blog on Saturday! @bookisglee

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I wouldn't have read this because I thought Secret Life of Bees was just okay. But my book club chose it a year or so back and it's fabulous. None of us had even heard of Sara Grimke and we were all so impressed by her courage and by this book which was a unanimous hit. #booksetinhistory #febinbooks18

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It's been a while since I posted. Spent Christmas home in Oregon - this was my #bookhaul from the trip. Four different used bookstores and one Christmas present! #powellsbooks was one of them. Smith Family Bookstore, Emerald City Comics, and Black Sun Books rounded out my trip. Back home and reading again now!

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„Die elfjährige Sarah, wohlbehütete Tochter reicher Gutsbesitzer, erhält in Charleston ein ungewöhnliches Geburtstagsgeschenk – die zehnjährige Hetty »Handful«, die ihr als Dienstmädchen zur Seite stehen soll. …“

Schon an diesem Punkt des Klappentextes hatte Kidd mich am Haken. Ganz ungewollt.

https://www.randomhouse.de/Buch/Die-Erfindung-der-Fluegel/Sue-Monk-Kidd/btb-Hard...

Saari84 Ich mochte das Buch sehr :) 2y
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@buecherwurm hat mich entgegen meinem Vorsatz kein Sue-Monk-Kidd-Buch mehr zu lesen mit ihrer Rezension zur englischen Ausgabe neugierig gemacht.

Manchmal ist Buchbegeisterung, die man durch die Posts in den Augen ? aufblitzen sieht, halt unterschwellig sehr ansteckend. ☺️

In meiner Onleihe war es verfügbar. Schwupp, jetzt ist es entliehen. ?☺️?

buecherwurm @Buechersuechtling freut mich, dass du es nochmal versuchst. Ich hoffe du wirst nicht enttäuscht😰 2y
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I had high expectations for this book but the author still managed to exceed them. The different characters, both the historic ones and the fictional ones, felt extremly lively and even the rather unimportant characters were more than mere roles. The book made me actually want to read more about Sarah Grimké, her sister and the american abolitionist movement.

Buechersuechtling Ich hab, das muss ich zugeben, mit ihren Büchern Probleme. Zwei hab ich gelesen. Beide konnte mich nicht überzeugen. Da habe ich beschlossen, keins mehr von ihr zu lesen. Wenn du mir den deutschen Titel nennst, guck ich mir den Klappentext aber vielleicht mal an. Keine Ahnung ?, manchmal denke ich in Stereotypen wie: „Wenn das allen gefällt, muss doch was dran sein.“ Nein, muss es nicht. Objektiv betrachtet. ?? 2y
buecherwurm @Buechersuechtling Der deutsche Titel ist tatsächlich direkt aus dem englischen übersetzt: “Die Erfindung der Flügel“. Aber einem muss ja auch immer ganz individuell das Thema und der Schreibstil der Autors gefallen. Wobei sich die eigenen Vorlieben ja auch ab und mal ändern😉 2y
Buechersuechtling @buecherwurm „Die Erfindung der Flügel“ ✅ – Check. Ist notiert. Mit ihrem Schreibstil hab ich keine Schwierigkeiten. Eher schon mit ihren Themen. „Die Bienenhüterin“ war mir zu pseudo-tiefsinnig mythisch. Und „Die Meerfrau“❓ Keine Ahnung. Hat bei mir wenig Eindruck hinterlassen. War mir insgesamt zu nichtssagend. 2y
buecherwurm @Buechersuechtling na da zumindest Teile von dem Buch hier auf Tatsachen beruhen wirds zumindest nicht mythisch. Ich fand sogar, dass es nicht zu/idealistisch war (und insbesondere nicht zu feministisch) obwohl sonst Texte zu Aktivisten/zum Feminismus ja schnell mal in eine recht anstrengende Ecke abdriften können. 2y
SilversReviews This was good. 2y
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It would not, if I could help it, belong to me.

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Libby1 I adore this book. 2y
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razmanda
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Picked up a few blind dates at the library!

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Deborah42
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An intertwined tale of a lifelong relationship between Sarah Grimke, a girl from a wealthy slave-owning family in Charleston, and Handful, one of the slaves shackled to the Grimkes. When Handful is gifted to Sarah on Sarah‘s 11th birthday, Sarah is horrified and tries to set Handful free. Her parents will not allow it. Sarah teaches her to read, giving Handful the only freedom in her power to give.

Well researched and beautifully written.

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