Bestselling Author Sue Monk Kidd to visit Greenwich Library on January 7

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On Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m., Diane's Books and Greenwich Library will present the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd, in the Cole Auditorium. Kidd will discuss her newest novel, The Invention of Wings, a masterfully told story of two unforgettable American women. The book, which will go on sale January 7, has recently been selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0.

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Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah Grimke's eleventh birthday in Charleston, when she is given ownership of the ten year-old slave 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. 

According to a Kirkus prepublication starred review, "Kidd ... hits her stride and avoids sentimental revisionism with this historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston....Kidd's portrait of white slave-owning Southerners is all the more harrowing for showing them as morally complicated while she gives Handful the dignity of being not simply a victim, but a strong, imperfect woman." 

This new novel looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation and empowerment will leave no reader unmoved. 

Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. She was raised in the tiny town of Sylvester, Georgia, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first novel. Kidd is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Southwest Florida. For more information visit
AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and contributions by generous donors. Books will be available for purchase and signing through Diane's Books. 

This series is open to all at no charge, but seating in the Cole Auditorium is limited to 368 and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Diane's Books at 203-869-1515 or visit

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