Dee Mermaid Chair is more mystical. The Invention of Wings is more realistic, based on historical facts. I liked the the Invention of Wings much better.
Barbara Newsham I don't think the books are written in the same style. Wings is historical fiction and alternates point of view between the slave and the white girl/woman. I was not a fan of the Mermaid Chair, but really liked this book. The white woman was a real person and the major facts about her are accurate.
Sarah I really, really disliked The Mermaid Chair. So much so that I was reluctant to read this one despite some strong recommendations. I'm glad I finally gave it a chance because I am really enjoying The Invention of Wings.
Phyllis I did not see many similarities between this one and the Mermaid Chair. Perhaps it was the fact that though both are set in the South the story lines, content, characters and circumstances are completely different.