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The Book of Longings

The Book of Longings

THE EXTRAORDINARY, UNFORGETTABLE NEW NOVEL FROM THE MULTI-MILLION-COPY-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES AND THE INVENTION OF WINGS.

‘I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.’

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 Galilee, she is sheltered from the brutality of Rome’s occupation of Israel. Ana is expected to marry an elderly widower to further her father’s ambitions, a prospect that horrifies her. A chance encounter with the eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything: his ideas and his passion are intoxicating.

Taking Ana on a journey she could never have imagined, The Book of Longings is a glorious evocation of a time and a place where astounding events unfolded, and of one woman’s fate when she fights to make her voice heard.

Over 10 million readers have devoured Sue Monk Kidd’s novels. Here’s why:

‘A wonderful book . . . funny, sad and full of incident’ Daily Telegraph

‘Wonderfully written, poignant and humorous’ Joanna Trollope

‘Masterly . . . a story about empowering women to change the world . . . a remarkable novel’ Chicago Tribune
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 21st April 2020

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781472232526

Reviews

An inspiring story of a strong woman living in a society bent on her silence
Good Housekeeping (US)
Superlative . . . from a writer at the top of her game . . . A practically perfect historical novel
New York Journal of Books
Praise for Sue Monk Kidd's earlier novels
'Exhilarating. . . powerful'
Washington Post
'Moving, original, and accomplished . . . It is wonderfully written, powerful, poignant, and humorous'
Joanna Trollope
'The tale of one motherless daughter's discovery of what family really means - and of the strange and wondrous places we love'
Washington Post
'Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling'
Daily Mail
'A resonant, illuminating novel'
Observer
This year's The Help - but even better
Fabulous
'A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman - slave or free . . . a conversation changer' - Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
Oprah Winfrey, O, The Oprah Magazine
'The stunning metaphors and realistic characters are so poignant they will bring tears to your eyes'
Library Journal