Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, spent more than 100 weeks on the bestseller lists and sold over six million copies. Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Today, more than eight long years later, her publisher (Viking Press) announced that her third novel, The Invention of Wings, will be released on January 7, 2014.
Set in the early 19th century, The Invention of Wings opens on the 11th birthday of Sarah Grimke, member of a very wealthy family in Charleston, South Carolina, and inspired by a real-life historical figure. Sarah has just been given ownership of 10-year-old slave Hetty ("Handful") to be her handmaid. The book follows Sarah and Handful 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," according to the publisher.
Sounds intriguing! What do you think, readers? Are you looking forward to this one?