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Reading Group

October 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Reading Group will meet on Monday, October 19th, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. At this time, we are scheduled to meet via Zoom. If guidelines change and we are able, we will try to find a way to have an in-person discussion. Contact Jane Brubaker for the Meeting ID and password.

Here is a description of the book. “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.
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
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
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.”

All are welcome to join the discussion!

Our book for November will be The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett. 






October 19, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
207 N. Greenwood St.
LaGrange, GA 30240


Jane Brubaker
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