Sue Monk Kidd

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Eudora Welty, Kate Chopin: The Awakening, Thomas Merton, C.G. Jung

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SUE MONK KIDD was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1970 and later took creative writing courses at Emory University and Anderson College, as well as studying at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and other writers’ conferences. In her forties, Kidd turned her attention to writing fiction, winning the South Carolina Fellowship in Literature and the 1996 Poets & Writers Exchange Program in Fiction.

When her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, was published by Viking in 2002, it became a genuine literary phenomenon, spending more than 2 years on the New York Times bestseller list. It has been translated into 36 languages and sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. and 8 million copies
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The Secret Life of Bees

4.03 avg rating — 999,563 ratings — published 2001 — 130 editions
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The Invention of Wings

4.23 avg rating — 220,114 ratings — published 2014 — 75 editions
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The Mermaid Chair

3.12 avg rating — 68,983 ratings — published 2004 — 12 editions
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The Dance of the Dissident ...

3.95 avg rating — 5,870 ratings — published 1996 — 12 editions
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When the Heart Waits: Spiri...

4.17 avg rating — 2,189 ratings — published 1990 — 14 editions
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Firstlight: The Early Inspi...

3.88 avg rating — 1,017 ratings — published 2006 — 8 editions
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4.29 avg rating — 462 ratings — published 2014
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God's Joyful Surprise: Find...

3.82 avg rating — 315 ratings — published 1987 — 5 editions
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Sue Monk Kidd Collection

4.02 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2003 — 2 editions
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“Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn't know a thing about life.”
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“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.”
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“Knowing can be a curse on a person's life. I'd traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn't know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can't ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.”
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