There is a book on my to-be-read stack which I am almost embarrassed to admit I have not yet read: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. When this book came out, there was more buzz about it then even the title suggested. It spent more than 175 weeks on the New York Times trade paperback bestseller list, has sold more than six million copies in the United States, and has been translated into thirty-six languages. It was even turned into an award-winning major motion picture.
The good news for Kidd’s fans is that a new book is on the horizon – set for release in January 2014 (Viking; On sale January 7, 2014). Described as “a sweeping novel of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world,” The Invention of Wings tells the intertwined stories of Hetty “Handful” Grimke (an urban slave in early 19th century Charleston, who yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls of the wealthy Grimke household), and the Grimke’s daughter, Sarah (a real-life historical figure, who grows up to become a leading abolitionist and women’s rights pioneer).
I think it is about time I dusted off my copy of The Secret Life of Bees, but most definitely I will be picking up a copy of The Invention of Wings and reading it.
Want a sneak peak at the cover? Wait no further…here it is: