The Book of Longings (Hardback)
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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 21/04/2020
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Waterstones Says

The author of The Secret Life of Bees delivers an audacious fable of incipient feminism and religious ardour set in biblical Galilee. Featuring a bold, charismatic female protagonist and a lively vision of the young Jesus, The Book of Longings stunningly evokes a distant place and time.

An extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling 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.

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781472232496
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Jesus is a little colourless in this retelling, although Kidd is at pains to emphasise his humanity. This is a man, not a god… However, the novel’s evocation of life in Galilee is fascinating, and clever, rebellious Ana is a memorable character. Kidd plays on our scriptural knowledge cleverly.’ - The Times

‘I loved the hugely evil Herod, the bold reworking of Judas as a freedom fighter and the charismatic Messiah with the flashing smile. Brava!’ - The Mail

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“A must read for 2020”

‘I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus’
Ana is an out-spoken, rebellious young woman, a gifted writer with a curious and brilliant mind, who writes secret narratives about silenced and neglected women around her.
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“A superb read”

The Book of Longings is the story of Ana, an educated, intelligent and strong willed young woman, all characteristics that embarrass her parents and make her stand out in society. Under the control her father, on the... More

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“I strongly recommend it”

I think it's a very spiritual book, not religious or simply historical but spiritual as it talks to your spirit and makes you reflect on what you're reading.
It's the first book I read by this author... More

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