Set in Charleston in the early 19th century, Sue Monk Kidd presents a work of historical fiction about the Grimke sisters – two real life abolitionists. They grew up in a slave-owning family and eventually settled in the North, writing and speaking against the evils the slavery.
There is much to like about this work. While Kidd admits she invented the character of Hetty Handful, the personal slave to Sarah Grimke, the servant’s narrative helps to round out the picture of forced servitude in South, and also reflects Sarah’s own struggles growing up with it. Despite the liberties Kidd takes with the actual story, the important part of the narrative – the life of the Grimke sisters, reflects the author’s painstaking research of their specific lives and of the times. I enjoyed it very much.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014
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