In March we journeyed to Colorado to meet up with Jeff’s parents for some skiing and then visit our beloved cousins Will & Sarah and their daughter Maggie. We had a great time with all and Norah loved exploring and playing with Maggie….many happy memories!!
I picked up “The Invention of Wings” at a book sale last year as I recognized the author of “The Secret Life of Bees” which I read many years ago and loved. That’s how I shop book sales….recognizable authors, books that have won awards or been on best seller lists – I got lucky with this one! It was also an Oprah’s book club pick so that put it over the top for me!
The Amazon synopsis reads :: “Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.
Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.”
It’s a beautifully written and absorbing book with great characters and an interesting arc – I’d highly recommend it!
I got to meet Reagan when she was two days old through pure scheduling serendipity – Jeff and I were at the lake when I discovered some girlfriends were getting together in West Hartford. I quickly sent my friend Jen a text to see if she was home from the hospital yet and indeed she was! Reagan’s older sisters arrived towards the end of our visit so we were able to get a sibling shot too! Hooray! Sadly we missed Dad as he was at Lacrosse practice. I got to know Jen when she was pregnant with Ellie so have done newborn photos for both Ellie & Clara – so glad I could continue the tradition with #3!!
A trip to Denver to see family and warming weather (FINALLY!!) in Vermont – spring is coming!!
This is a flavorful and fairly easy recipe – yum yum!
Spicy Asian Noodles with Chicken (Cooking Light)
1 T. dark sesame oil, divided
1 T. grated peeled fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 c. chopped chicken breasts, cooked
1/2 c. chopped green onions
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
3 T. soy sauce
2 T. rice vinegar
2 T. hoisin sauce
2 T. ground fresh chili paste
1 (6.75 oz.) package rice flour sticks/noodles
2 T. dry roasted peanuts, chopped
Heat 2 T. oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic to pan; cook 45 seconds, stirring constantly. Place in a large bowl. Stir in remaining 1 t. oil, chicken, and next 6 ingredients.
Cook noodles according to directions. Drain and rinse – cool. Cut noodles into smaller pieces and toss with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve.