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Publisher Description

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women
 
 
Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five 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.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
JL
Jenna Lamia
LENGTH
13:42
hr min
RELEASED
2014
January 7
PUBLISHER
Penguin Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
713.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Reader in savannah ,

Loved it!!

Great story and narrator. Loved it!!

fijgrdhk ,

amazing !!

one of my top 3 favorite stories of all time. outstanding!

Gallichild ,

Nothing short of amazing

This book took my breath away. Written in such an amazing way, portraying both the life of a slave and a wealthy, white, stubborn girl to woman. I find it amazing that this book is not just fiction but the amount of research Sue Monk Kidd did in order to bring to life what the lives of two opposite woman was like during that era. I am in awe and I loved it!!

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