The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is the most lyrical and poetically written non-poetry, book I have ever read. The story is about two sisters who become abolitionists and 2 slaves who finally escape. (No, not giving anything away.) It is based in fact and set in Charleston, SC. The writing is so beautiful that I would not allow myself to read too much each day so that I could savor the book. Usually I read and do other things at the same time… NOT with this book!
The characters are so ALIVE they actually breathe! The women are not your typical mealy-mouths that were the women of the time period, but outspoken women who are able to stand up to injustice and espouse it to the world while handling the negative fall-out from others.
Not intentionally meaning to lessen the impact of slavery or even make a comment on it, but I was a bit put off with the topic and said, “Really another book on slavery?” BUT it isn’t. It is about so much more and the research on the treatment of slaves is critical.
It is on Oprah’s book list and no telling how many other awards that it will win. Sue Monk Kidd is our modern day equivalent to Margaret Mitchell or dare I say Harper Lee. She has outdone herself with this book. The Secret Life of Bees. was an exceptional book, too.
This will go into my favorites list! Incredible book, well-written, A MUST READ!
Another MUST READ is The Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford, which is another book that I wouldn’t let myself read too many pages a day… I love his writing! The characters are completely whole. He must get Divine inspiration from the Universe. I love Jamie Ford’s artistic writing abilities! His first novel called Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was an excellent must-read. This book is about American-Japanese interment camps and the lives of the people including the American-Chinese who were thrown into the camps. Both of these stories will linger with you. Jamie Ford can’t write books fast enough for me.
I must say that this was so eloquently written in my head right before I fell asleep and forgot all those beautiful words! Aw, hell!