A quick reading thriller with real characters and a 'keep you awake' plot. Keeps you guessing to the end. A little gore and violence, but not near asA quick reading thriller with real characters and a 'keep you awake' plot. Keeps you guessing to the end. A little gore and violence, but not near as graphic/ yucky/too much detail as Rawlings-Gailbraith and John Sandford. I appreciate that! (side comment - I'd like to read more about Cork and Robin, but all reviews say the 3rd one is even more sexually explicit, and I need to guard my heart like God wants me too.)
Computers and programming have changed considerably since this was written in 2004. I think it is still timely - if not more so. Kudos to "P.J. Tracy."
Love the familiar Minnesota settings. I had heard about this mother/daughter writing team, but this is the first one I read. Thanks Ramsey County Library for your Book Club in a Bag program. Love discovering new mystery authors that I like. I definitely will read others in the series. ...more
5 stars have to be earned. The book has to stick with you after it's done. It has to have strong, memorable characters. The writing has to sing. I did5 stars have to be earned. The book has to stick with you after it's done. It has to have strong, memorable characters. The writing has to sing. I didn't want to finish The Invention of Wings because it would be over. Now, I'm hesitant to start a new book because I'm still under its spell.
Sue Monk Kidd has done it again -an amazing book with lovely,deep, conflicted characters, a thoroughly researched historical background, moving plot, and exquisite writing. No wonder it took her 4 years.
The first sentence grabs the reader and invites curiousity: "There was a time in Africa the people could fly." A few other favorite gems: about Mauma, "Everything she knew came from living on the scarce side of mercy." "the sun looked like a little white button stitched to the sky." "We're all yearning for a wedge of sky, aren't we? I suspect God plants these yearnings in us so we'll at least try ad change the course of things. We must try that's all. I felt her words tear a hole in the life I'd made. An Irreparable hole." about Mauma sewing,"she was like God mending the world. When she came to bed at night, she brought the tree with her. The smell of bark and white mushrooms. Crumbs from the earth all over the mattress." "this ain't the same Sarah that left here. She had a firm look in her eye and her voice didn't dither and hesitate like it used to. She'd been boiled down to a good strong broth."
The blurb can tell you what it's about, as can many reviews. I tell you it's an important book. It's history we as a country need to remember. It's strong women characters. Not many people know that women's rights movements were connected to other movements. That the Grimke sisters were real people is really cool. Plus a book that describes everything so vividly you don't need a movie... and quilts - I love quilts and this is the best one I've read with quilts carrying secrets and leaping off the page.
I just finished it, and already I'm thinking of reading it again. No wonder there are still so many holds on it at the library. This is one I will hold in my heart. You should too. ...more