LitBirthdays August 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Sue Monk Kidd!

Sue Monk Kidd (born August 12, 1948) is a U.S. novelist and inspirational writer (The Secret Life of Bees, 2006) (The Invention of Wings, 2014)

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Read the Wikipedia article about Sue Monk Kidd here

Visit Sue Monk Kidd’s website

Read Oprah’s interview of Sue Monk Kidd here

[Excerpt from the O magazine article]

Oprah Winfrey: You make a distinction, with Handful, between urban slavery and the world of American slavery that readers are more familiar with. What were you trying to convey in making this distinction?
Sue Monk Kidd: Readers think they’re already familiar with the narrative of cotton picking, slave cabins, and the master. I thought it was important to say we’re talking about something different here.

OW: It’s very recognizable to me—my mother was a maid, her mother was a maid, her mother was a maid, and her mother was a slave. You see with the Grimké sisters that for a time they are very close to the domestic workers in the household—like in The Help. Those servants are considered members of the family—but as the maids would say, yes, we’re members of the family, but we still have to go in through the back door. Even today some of those maids are treated like urban slaves.

SMK: We are not finished with the legacy of slavery or with the bias in our gender relations, and that’s why the topics are still relevant.

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