This wasn’t my first date with Sue Monk Kidd. We were introduced long ago, at a time I was completely unable to put my emotions into words; an emotional Fort Knox. I read The Secret Life of Bees and fell in love with it and her (and Lily). Her character development in The Secret Life of Bees was eye opening and frankly life changing for me.
My amazing sister in law recommended The Invention of Wings to me, and so I took it to the beach to read. I loved it. Not as much as The Secret Life of Bees (It’s like a first child versus second child love). If you are reading it for the character development and depth of Secret Life of Bees, you will be disappointed. If you are reading it for the rich historic story line, and that fuzzy feeling you get from a happy ending, it’s a must read for you.
The depth of even the main characters weren’t always evident, but they were still strong. Two alternating perspectives of life in Charleston throughout the toughest years of slavery, told by a slave (Handful) and a slave owner (Sarah). It’s a tale of how complicated friendships can be just as much as it is about slavery and women rights. Two main characters to fall in love with and root for, all while getting a glimpse into the 1800”s without picking up a history book.
Favorite Quote from the Book: “You got to figure out which end of the needle you’re gon be, the one that’s fastened to the thread or the end that pierces the cloth.” Charlotte.