Our September pick, Sue Monk Kidd's book, The Invention of Wings, is a historical novel in the truest sense. Kidd takes real people and real events and puts them into a personal narrative. At a moment in our history when Civil Rights issues are once again in the headlines, this book traces the history of some of today's biggest racial divides.
The story takes place, in large part, in Charleston. The Charleston of the novel may not seem too far removed from the Charleston that just last month removed the Confederate Flag from its flagpole. The memories of the March in Selma, once thought to be about problems far in the past, have surfaced once again in Ferguson and Baltimore.
In The Invention of Wings, we hear conversations between Handful and her Mother that resonate more now than ever. What do we think of Denmark Vesey now? Did he do more harm than good at the time? We now can associate him with the Emmanuel AME Church where the horrific killings took place in Charleston this year. Mother Emmanuel, as the church is known, was Vesey's spiritual refuge and the place most associated with the slave uprising he planned.
While reading this book, we have the benefit of hindsight to think about what Vesey stood for, and how his thoughts and actions have influenced events happening today. How far have we come?
Please join our conversation about this entertaining and important book, Tueday, September 8th at either 2pm or 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there.