By Sue Monk Kidd
From the distinguished writer of the key lifetime of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel approximately unforgettable American women.
Writing on the peak of her narrative and imaginitive presents, Sue Monk Kidd offers a masterpiece of wish, bold, the hunt for freedom, and the need to have a voice within the world.
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an city slave in early 19th century Charleston, yearns for all times past the suffocating partitions that enclose her in the filthy rich Grimke loved ones. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has recognized from an early age she is intended to do whatever huge on the planet, yet she is hemmed in by way of the bounds imposed on women.
Kidd’s sweeping novel is decided in movement on Sarah’s 11th birthday, while she is given possession of ten yr outdated Handful, who's to be her handmaid. We stick to their impressive trips over the subsequent thirty 5 years, as either attempt for a lifetime of their very own, dramatically shaping each one other’s destinies and forming a posh dating marked via guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy methods of love.
As the tales construct to a riveting climax, Handful will suffer loss and sorrow, discovering braveness and a feeling of self within the approach. Sarah will event overwhelmed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism ahead of leaving Charleston to discover her position along her fearless more youthful sister, Angelina, as one of many early pioneers within the abolition and women’s rights movements.
Inspired by way of the old determine of Sarah Grimke, Kidd is going past the checklist to flesh out the wealthy inside lives of all of her characters, either genuine and invented, together with Handful’s crafty mom, Charlotte, who courts possibility in her look for whatever better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that appears with loyal eyes at a devastating wound in American historical past, via girls whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will go away no reader unmoved.