Book club discussion questions for the invention of wings
Based on actual people and historic events but fictionalized, this is the story of Abolitionist Sarah Grimke, her sister Angelina and the slave girl Handful who was given to Sarah as a birthday gift when she was eleven. The novel recreates antebellum Charleston in all of its gruesome, sadistic crimes against humanity, and many parts are extremely violent, tragic and difficult to read. I had the same feelings reading this as I do when I read stories about World War II.
How can people be so brutally cruel to one another. How do these things happen. How can people so easily justify such awful behavior, and not just justify it, but institutionalize it and call it a way of life and create laws supporting it. The title The Invention of Wings was one of the first inspirations that came to Sue Monk Kidd as she began the novel. What were the qualities in Handful that you most admired. As you read the novel, could you imagine yourself in her situation. In what ways does Sarah struggle against the dictates of her family, society, and religion.
These pages include questions on the most popular book club picks. They are ready to print and designed to spark lively conversations. The books are listed alphabetically by title. The title THE INVENTION OF WINGS was one of the first inspirations that came to Sue Monk Kidd as she began the novel.