Sarah Grimke is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed the trouble begins….
A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, The Invention of Wings is a haunting evocation of the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, where the evils of slavery were all but invisible to those who saw it as essential to their way of life. It is also the story of an impossible friendship, and sisterhood against the odds, told with warmth, humour and insight.