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Oprah’s Choice

posted by: December 27, 2013 - 6:00am

The Invention of WingsOprah’s newest selection for her Book Club 2.0 is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings. Kidd, who’s The Secret Life of Bees remains a perennial book club favorite, is “thrilled and honored that Oprah Winfrey chose my novel as her new book club selection." The title, due out in early January, is sure to be a favorite among book clubs with Oprah calling it “layered and gripping.”


Inspired by the life of early 19th century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimk, Kidd writes in her author’s note that her aim was to write “a thickly imagined story inspired by her life.” The result is this beautifully written novel with the dual portrait of two women bound by the horrors of slavery as its centerpiece. Sarah, the daughter of a wealthy Charleston plantation owner is desperate to break free from the confines of her time. She is denied the opportunity to pursue her passion of a legal career and struggles to find outlets for her creativity, intelligence and convictions. Hetty, nicknamed “Handful,” a slave in the household, is also keenly intelligent, brave and brandish a strong rebellious streak. Told in first person, the chapters alternate between these women’s perspectives as the reader follows them and their unique relationship from childhood through middle age.


Kidd will not disappoint her legions of fans with this masterly told story of fascinating women striving for liberation and empowerment during a devastating historical time. Check out Oprah’s announcement here to find out more about this exciting literary pick.


To be honest was not crazy about Secret Life of Bees, but if YOu like the book Maureen I will read it. Promise. Personally I just read and loved Doctor Sleep but I loved The Shining...

Looking forward to the read. It sounds a bit like The Help in that the chapters are all in first person from the perspective of each woman. I was looking for a good book to start off the new year. Thanks!

I love recommendations of books with strong female protagonists and I liked Secret Life, of Bees, so I'm looking forward to this one, Thanks for the heads up that it is on the way- I'll keep an eye out for it and be waiting for the release.

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