I read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd shortly before my youngest son was born and I read The Mermaid Chair right after I had him. Both books have made Sue Monk Kidd an author high on my to-read list.and it's always been a book high on my list of favorites. So I'm excited to share today the cover reveal for her newest novel, out January 7, 2014 (can I wait that long??)
I love the look of this cover, simple, the colors are stunning and I'm already intrigued and that was before I read the blurb:
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women
Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue
Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom,
and the desire to have a voice in the world.
“Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston,
yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within
the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known
from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but
she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.
sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she
is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.We
follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five 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.
As the stories build to a
riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage
and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes,
betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to
find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one
of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond
the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her
characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother,
Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks
with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through
women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will
leave no reader unmoved.
I'll be eagerly awaiting January 7th, how about you? Have you read any of Sue Monk Kidd's novels and what did you think? Have you seen The Secret Life of Bees movie? I haven't but it is going on my must-see list.
***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free. ***