Sue Monk Kidd to discuss latest novel Jan. 7

If you loved reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, you won’t want to miss the author’s presentation of her latest novel, The Invention of Wings, on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Greenwich Library.

The new novel , which also goes on sale on Jan. 7, has recently been selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

The Invention of Wings is set in motion on Sarah Grimke’s eleventh birthday in Charleston, when she is given ownership of the 10-year-old slave Handful, who is to be her handmaid. The reader follows their remarkable journeys over the next 35 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.

According to a Kirkus starred prepublication review, “Kidd… hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston… Kidd’s portrait of white slave-owning southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman.”

The novel looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation and empowerment will leave no reader unmoved, the library said.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event through Diane’s Books. This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited to 368 and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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