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#1659: Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Book of Longing” | The Book Show - WAMC Podcasts
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The Book Show
The Book Show
#1659: Sue Monk Kidd's "The Book of Longing" | The Book Show







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In Sue Monk Kidd’s, new novel, “The Book of Longing,” she imagines a young woman named Ana, who becomes the wife of Jesus. The novel explores many of the signature themes in Kidd’s fiction: feminism, the search for self, the quest for one’s voice and purpose, and the power of female community.

In particular, this novel explores the longings and virtuosity in women; as well as their silencing and marginalization within Western religion. The story evokes a seminal question: how would the world be different if Jesus had had a wife? Sue Monk Kidd’s debut, “The Secret Life of Bees” spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, it has sold more than 6 million copies. Her other novels include “The Mermaid Chair” and “The Invention of Wings”.