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“I recently finished Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings and was moved to tears, left with a hopelessness at the horrible things people do to one another, yet inspired at the risks some individuals are willing to take to prevent such cruelty. In this fiction based on real-life abolitionist Sarah Grimke — introduced on her 11th birthday when she is presented with a slave as a gift — Kidd inspires readers to ask what we would have done had we lived when slavery was the rule of the land. And to recognize the courage of the slave, Handful, as she comes of age along with her mistress.”

Jo Ivester, author of The Outlooks of Hope: A Memoir of the 1960s Deep South

Ivester appears at 8 p.m. May 15 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables