Oprah’s Harpo Studios is about to produce its first film in 15 years. The company recently acquired rights to author Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Invention of Wings.”

The novel tells the tale of four Charleston, SC, women – two sisters from the prosperous white Grimké family and an African American mother and daughter who are the Grimkés’ house slaves. All four women share an ardent desire to break free: Sarah and Angelina Grimké from the constraints of being female in the early 19th century, and Hetty and her mother, Charlotte, from the bonds of slavery.

The tale is fictional, but the Grimké sisters were real-life abolitionists.

The book was also the third selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

Sue Monk Kidd is best known for her novel “The Secret Life of Bees,” which also made it to the big screen.


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