St. Anne's Book Club Feb. 23 7:30pm

The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Monday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Mary Grubb, 16600 South Westland, Gaithersburg. We will discuss "The Invention of Wings," by Sue Monk Kidd. All are welcome!

Note we have changed the book club meetings to the third Monday of the month, instead of the first Monday.

"The Invention of Wings"

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 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 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. This book was inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke.