10.20.2014

finished reading...

This is a work of historical fiction. I was impressed with myself that I was already familiar with the Grimke sisters, who were staunch abolitionists and advocates for equal rights. The book covers a lot of ground and a lot of issues. Told in alternating perspectives from the point of view of Sarah Grimke and the slave she was given as a gift for her eleventh birthday, Hetty "Handful."

It's an exploration of loyalty, family, freedom, and ultimately the shackles we place on ourselves. Both women were inhibited by the times and both were desperate to break free of society's norms and mores.

I really liked this book although there were a couple of places that dragged.

2 comments:

Wendy Klik said...

I love historical fiction. Will have to put this on my tbr list.

endomental said...

I'll have to check this out, too. I'm familiar with the Grimke sisters...I think PBS or Smithsonian did a bit on them last year. Thanks for the recommendation!