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The Book of Longings

The Book of Longings

‘I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.’ So begins the exquisitely written new novel from the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings.

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.

(P)2020 Penguin Audio
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Genre: Other Geographical Groupings, Oceans & Seas / Empires & Historical States / Ancient World

On Sale: 21st April 2020

Price: £19.99

ISBN-13: 9781472272720


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'
This year's The Help - but even better
'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
'A testament to the author's talent for creating both compelling characters and intriguing story lines ... The intensity, bravery, and strength of character of Ana ... will inspire readers ... to live authentically and remain true to oneself'
Library Journal
'The message about the importance of kindness and the power of women's voices should resonate strongly with today's readers'
Ana's ambition and strong sense of justice make her a sympathetic character for modern readers ... A vibrant portrait of a woman striving to preserve and celebrate women's stories - her own and countless others
Publishers Weekly
Unleashes the reader's imagination with glorious evocations of extraordinary times and places, allowing our minds to roam... Original, challenging, beautiful
Adele Parks, Platinum
Compelling ... Ana is a truly wonderful character, strong and inspiring, and her life story so captivating that it swept me along
Good Housekeeping
'A wonderfully researched novel ... reimagining the past through the eyes of a creative, curious and defiant woman'
The novel's evocation of Galilee is fascinating ... clever rebellious Ana is a memorable character
The Times
Bold, imaginative
Sunday Times
Brilliant ... the familiar characters brought to vivid life
Daily Mail