Meredith College’s 2014 Summer Reading Program selection is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings.
The historical fiction novel tells the story of the Grimke sisters, who were abolitionists and supporters of women’s rights in 1830s. It is richly descriptive, and the alternating narrators – Sarah Grimke and a young slave girl called “Handful” – offer thought-provoking perspectives on daily life and issues of the time.
The committee charged with selecting the summer reading book found that The Invention of Wings will engage students with a compelling story, attract a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and opportunities for involvement, and address a topic of importance to the College. The issues raised in the book touch on numerous academic disciplines, and enrichment opportunities are being planned that will engage and energize the Meredith community.
The Summer Reading Program enhances the academic climate on campus by engaging incoming first-year students in a shared intellectual endeavor with the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumnae.