Giveaway: Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Invention of Wings Giveaway

Mondays can be a rough reentry into our work weeks, so why not add a bit of bookish happiness with a giveaway? Not just one book, but you can win a TWO books!


In celebration of the paperback release of the novel The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin Books has offered a pair of books to one lucky From Left to Write reader! This Oprah 2.0 Book Club pick is on my to be read list, and for a good reason:

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 Grimke’s 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.

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.

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 Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

Sounds gripping, doesn’t it? Penguin Books has an extensive The Invention of Wings book club guide that includes a Q&A with Kidd, cocktail recipes, and tips on brewing the perfect cup of tea.


In conjunction with tomorrow’s paperback release, Penguin will also release On Slavery and Abolitionism: Essays and Letters, a collection of Sarah and Angelina’s writings on abolitionism and feminism, edited by Grimké biographer Mark Perry. If you read more than one book at a time, these two would be perfect to read in tandem.

Who wants to win a copy of both books? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you’re reading this via email, click through to this post first.) Giveaway is for US addresses only.

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