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Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Films has acquired film rights to the novel The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
An Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Invention of Wings follows a fictionalized story of real-life 19th century abolitionist sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimke. In the novel, for her 11th birthday, Sarah is gifted with a 10-year-old slave girl, Hetty; while Sarah attempts to reject the gift, she ultimately cannot nor can she free Hetty or even protect her. Sarah and Hetty’s lives remain intertwined as they grow up into women.
Since its Jan. 7 release, the novel debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers list. The Invention of Wings follows Kidd’s successful novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair.
“In her book, Sue Monk Kidd has given us such a rich narrative, compelling characters and a rare historical perspective that we know will be the ideal foundation for a wonderful film,” said Winfrey, who sits down with Kidd on OWN’s Super Soul Sunday on April 13 at 11 a.m. ET/PT.
The news comes one month after OWN acquired film rights to adapt Twenty Feet From Stardom singer Darlene Love‘s memoir, My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story, into a scripted TV movie.
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