Tinder Press gets new Sue Monk Kidd

Tinder Press gets new Sue Monk Kidd

Headline has bought a new novel by Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, for publication on Tinder Press next January.

The Invention of Wings is described as a "powerful, sweeping novel set in the American South in the first half of the 19th century", and featuring two women - one a slave, and the other the daughter of a rich, slave-owning family. Partly inspired by the life of anti-slavery campaigner Sarah Grimke, Headline calls it an "exquisitely written, shocking, insightful and haunting novel... chronicling one of the most terrible episodes of human history through characters whose struggles for liberation, empowerment and expression will leave no reader unmoved."

Executive Publisher Marion Donaldson acquired the novel for Tinder Press from Viking Penguin via Leigh Butler and Hal Fessenden, said: "This is an exceptional novel, which will have a profound impact on every reader. It shows that Sue Monk Kidd, already a hugely bestselling author, is at the height of her powers. We are proud to have been her publisher since her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, and look forward with great excitement to publication in January."

Sue Monk Kidd’s debut The Secret Life of Bees has been translated into 36 languages and sold over eight million copies worldwide, according to the publisher. She is also the author of The Mermaid Chair.