Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.
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.
In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.
From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.
It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.
Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.
En la tarde del 3 de mayo de 1937 noventa y siete personas se embarcaron en el Hindenburg para su vuelo con destino a Lakehurst, New Jersey. Entre ellas se encontraban la asustada azafata que no era lo que aparentaba, el resuelto piloto decidido a conquistar su corazón, el ingenuo ayudante de cabina deseoso de mantener el puesto en el mayor zepelín del mundo, el impetuoso periodista que figuraba en la lista negra en su Alemania natal y el enigmático hombre de negocios americano con afán de venganza.
En el transcurso de tres días, confusos debido a la cantidad ingerida de champán, descubrimos sus mentiras, sus miedos, sus intenciones ocultas y sus esperanzas para el futuro.
¿Quién será capaz de destruir el Hindenburg? ¿Y cómo?
Si te emocionaste con Titanic, prepárate para un viaje por las nubes repleto de intrigas, secretos, amor y un trágico final.
«Esta novela sorprende con una extraordinaria e intensa intriga que deja al lector hipnotizado.»
The New York Times Book Review
«Un libro fascinante y emocionante...»
«Una gran novela al estilo de Agatha Christie.»
«El viaje de los sueños ha conseguido que nos acordemos de aquellos hombres y mujeres que murieron aquel funesto día de hace ochenta años o que lograron sobrevivir milagrosamente. De esta forma, la ficción de nuevo pone en valor lo que la historia dejó en segundo plano.»
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