The Book of Longings
In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman called Ana.
Ana is a rebellious young woman, a gifted writer with a curious, brilliant mind, who writes secret narratives about the neglected and silenced women around her. Raised in a wealthy family in...more
before reading, the book synopsis had intrigued me. i found the concept to be fascinating and promising. but it was when i opened to the first page, read the first paragraph, that i knew this story would own my heart. the writing is just so breathtaking beautiful, i had goosebumps. the language is so poetic and radiates love.
and i think thats why this story worked so much for me - bec ...more
This is similar to Wings of Invention where she takes us into the past and makes it live again. Her writing here is stunning and like poetry. This is a historical fiction book that she made up, but it's so well done that I kept feeling like this was a true account of what happened. Sue did deep ...more
Ana, the future wife of Jesus was a he ...more
What can I say about this? I have no idea what I was expecting, but what I got was basically Bible fanfiction, complete with a speshul heroine.
This is the story of Jesus's fictional wife, Ana. It's not really about Jesus. The first third of the book follows Ana before she meets him. She's a spirited young woman with a passion for writing that is cruelly suppressed at all costs. When she is nearly forced into marriage, she gets betrothed to Jesus instead. Most of the time, she's not w ...more
I loved The Invention Of Wings and I will admit to being a lil skeptical about the subject of this novel being about Jesus. I’m so glad I didn’t let that deter me from giving this a chance. I was expecting biblical Jesus, however, Kidd came at this novel from a totally human perspective. Through his wife’s voice. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the concept of Jesus having a wife this novel tells how it is entirely pos ...more
’All my life, longings lived inside me, rising up like nocturnes to wail and sing through the night. That my husband bent his heart to mine on our thin straw mat and listened was the kindness I most loved in him. What he heard was my longing to be born.’
This is the story of Ana, the daughter of Matthias, who has allowed Ana to learn to write, in a time where very few women were taught this skill. Her father is the head scribe for Herod Antipas, and as such he is able to provide her ...more
I had no trouble with Jesus having a wife. We know nothing of his life from 18-30 reading from the Bible. The Bible was written by men so women get a short ...more
by Glennon Doyle, Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed
Sue Monk Kidd, the brilliant, beloved storyteller who gifted us with The Secret Life of Bees, has done it again. Her most recent treasure, The Book of Longings, is the first book that has literally taken my breath away. As I read, I had to close it and breathe deeply, again and again.
Both a radical reimagining of the New Testament, and an homage to all untamed, trespassing women, The Book of Longings is right on tim ...more
The kids won’t believe it, but in 1988 the biggest thing we had to complain about was Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a Hollywood adaptation of a novel by Nikos Kazantzakis that includes a vision of Jesus married to Mary Magdalene. Protesters picketed theaters, and in Paris they set one on fire. Scorsese received death threats. Several countries banned the film.
Now, into this controversial arena steps Sue Monk Kidd with “The Book of Longings,” a novel abou ...more
Okay, so if that ...more
Sepphoris, 16 CE. Ana is fourteen-years-old. Her aunt Yaltha, who comes from Egypt to live with them, opens Ana’s eyes to a world she had no idea existed. Jewish girls and women in Alexandria, studying with philosophers, wr ...more
Sue Monk Kidd introduces Ana, daughter of wealthy parents who has learned to write, believes in herself and that women matter outside the home (this was a fairly radical notion) and is related to Judas.
Ana is a great at ev ...more
"All shall be well...I don't mean that life won't bring you tragedy. I only mean that you will be well in spite of it. There's a place in you that is inviolate. You'll find your way there, when you need to. And you'll know then what I speak of."
In The Book of Longings, Sue Monk Kidd has given voice to women of the 1st century. Really she's given voice to the unheard women of history through the imagined narrative of Ana, Jesus' wife.
Obviously no one knows whether or not Jesus was ever marri ...more
Ana was raise in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee. She is rebellious and has a daring spirit. She desires to write about the neglected and silenced women of her times. Unwillingly, Ana is betrothed by her parents an landowning older widower. And then she meets the eighteen-year-old Jesus in the market place.
After the death of her betrothed, Ana marries Jesus and they live with ...more
EVERYONE WHO HAS READ THIS OR PLANS TO READ IT - PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THE AUTHORS NOTE. IT REALLY DOES GIVE A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE TO THIS STORY.
I went into this book very, very intrigued - as I always am very interested in adaptations/retellings/alternate reality stories especially since focusing on such in my MA. So the story of an alternate world where Jesus had a wife? like yes, consider me intrigued.
I then became slightly uncomfortable lol like most Christians, I really don't ...more
I was skeptical when I first heard about this one but definitely curious. It felt blasphemous to read a book with a fictionalized love story with Jesus but I decided to give it a shot - I'm so glad I did.
The story is remarkable. It focused on the historic life of Jesus and didn't touch on the divine. It was interesting to imagine his life and what his day to day or his lost years would entail. I learned so much about the times and beliefs of people in the Middle East during the 1st century. ...more
When I first read Sue Monk Kidd had written a new book and it was about Jesus, I was not interested. I felt it would be a didactic persuasion which I wasn't interested in. Chosen by one of my book clubs, I unwillingly started to read it, but I read it with a skeptic's lens, thinking the proof of my reservations was about to be revealed. I needn't have worried.
This is Ana's story. She is th ...more
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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, 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 ...more