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Giveaway: The Invention of Wings + On Slavery and Abolitionism

May 5, 2015

The Invention of Wings PB

To celebrate today’s paperback release of one of my favorite books of 2014, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Penguin Random House is allowing me to give a copy to one lucky reader.  To make things even better, they’re throwing in a copy of On Slavery and Abolitionism by Sarah and Angelina Grimké!

I think this book is marvelous and would make a wonderful book club selection.  Penguin Random House thinks so, too, so they’ve put together this great book club kit that includes a Q & A with the author as well as recipes and a note from the author.

About the The Invention of Wings:

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.

To enter to win THE INVENTION OF WINGS plus ON SLAVERY AND ABOLITIONISM, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open to those with a US address only – one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Monday, May 18, 2015.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2015 6:16 am

    This book is on my TBR for ages.

  2. May 5, 2015 7:29 am

    I am reading this book currently, and it’s an awesome read. Lovely book!

  3. May 5, 2015 7:33 am

    I have to bump up this book on my TBR – I loved her Secret Life of Bees and need to make time for this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. May 5, 2015 9:49 am

    The audio version was excellent, too!

  5. May 5, 2015 10:29 am

    I loved “The Invention of Wings”. We read it for one of our book clubs last year.

  6. Patty permalink
    May 5, 2015 10:54 am

    I can’t believe I didn’t read this!

  7. May 5, 2015 11:05 am

    Thank you for hosting this incredible giveaway, Kathy! I’ll add it to my blog’s sidebar.

  8. May 5, 2015 3:19 pm

    This is a wonderful read.

    ENJOY, and best of luck to the winner.

  9. May 5, 2015 8:23 pm

    Good luck to all. I enjoyed this too.

  10. May 7, 2015 12:08 am

    Kathy, I just got around to reading this one too and I loved it!! Are you warming up to historical fiction? Lol

  11. May 9, 2015 8:20 pm

    Great giveaway! I think I have this one on my shelves already but haven’t read it. Maybe this year!

  12. bookingmama permalink
    May 12, 2015 7:25 am

    I really enjoyed this one! Great giveaway!

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