Many characters are looking for freedom in our September selection, The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd.
To some it comes, but not easily, and to others it comes only in whatever the hereafter has to offer. The liberation of blacks during and after the Civil War is a common topic in books and conversation, but the effect of liberation on whites is a less often told story. In this book, even the assistance given to a slave has a cost to young, white Sarah. When it is discovered she is teaching Handful to read, Sarah is banned from her favorite room in the house, the library. Handful, however, suffers as she is beaten.
The inclusion of the Grimke sisters in this story is an excellent tool to explore the enormous impact slavery had on whites. Kidd doesn't shy away from talking about the power cross-racial intimacy had to radicalize both parties. She does an excellent job speaking to the harm in white innocence and naïveté. Determination is one thing, but it sometimes leads where you wish it hadn't.
I hope you are enjoying this book as much as I am. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on September 8th. Please join us for either our 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. meeting and have your say.