The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
I was pleasantly surprised with The Invention of Wings. It is masterfully written. It reminded me Harriet Beecher Stowe and Eugenia Price. The story follows two girls throughout their lives– one a slave girl, one the daughter of a judge.
It’s good to stop and think about what our country was like in the 1800s. How slavery embedded itself into the very fabric of society, how the evil grew and the power that was necessary to break it’s stranglehold on large portions of the country.
One thing I appreciated about the book was the role of faith. So many novels leave it out entirely. Missiologists even have a term for it, the law of the excluded middle. American culture tends to attribute everything to science and ignores the supernatural completely. I think this is just as dangerous as the cultures who see devils behind every bush.
I was shocked to find out at the end of the book that the novel was based on the lives of real people. Fiction was weaved in with the facts, and the author lays out what was true and what was invented at the end of the book.