Media empire goddess Oprah has made her latest decree: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is so good, you must read it immediately. Oprah says she didn’t even finish the book herself before recommending it to her famed Oprah’s book club, but it’s so good that it didn’t even matter, according to her.
The Invention of Wings is Kidd’s newest book, and you might remember her as the author of The Secret Life of Bees which was hugely popular a little while back. What’s it all about?
“Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s 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 other’s 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 women’s rights movements.”
It’s supposed to be a moving story about race, gender and class, and it seems to have struck a particular note with Oprah. Be one of the first to read the book that everyone will be talking about soon enough. If this isn’t enough convincing, watch this video from Oprah’s Book Club (Oprah herself) talking about the The Invention of Wings.
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