April Book Discussion

The Okeene Public Library’s April selection for book discussion is “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kid. The book will be introduced by Dr. Richmond Adams from NWOSU starting at 3:00 Sunday April 28, 2019.
“Inspired by the true story of early-nineteenth-century abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimké, Sue Monk Kidd paints a moving portrait of two women inextricably linked by the horrors of slavery.
Sarah, daughter of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, exhibits an independent spirit and strong belief in the equality of all. Thwarted from her dreams of becoming a lawyer, she struggles throughout life to find an outlet for her convictions.
Handful, a slave in the Grimké household, displays a sharp intellect and brave, rebellious disposition. She maintains a compliant exterior, while planning for a brighter future.
Told in first person, the chapters alternate between the two main characters’ perspectives, as we follow their unlikely friendship (characterized by both respect and resentment from childhood to middle age. While their pain and struggle cannot be equated, both women strive to be set free—Sarah from the bonds of patriarchy and Southern bigotry, and Handful from the inhuman bonds of slavery.
Kidd is a master storyteller, and, with smooth and graceful prose, she immerses the reader in the lives of these fascinating women as they navigate religion, family drama, slave revolts, and the abolitionist movement.”
Books are available for checkout Monday through Friday at the Okeene Public Library. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.

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