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About Sue Monk Kidd
Her most recent novel, The Book of Longings, was published in paperback on March 23, 2021. Released in 2020 to widespread critical and reader acclaim, it was an immediate bestseller and book club favorite. It has been translated into 17 languages thus far.
Sue is also an acclaimed memoirist, with titles including The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, her groundbreaking work on religion and feminism, as well as the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in North Carolina.
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“A true masterpiece.” —Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed
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
In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.
Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana's pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome's occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history.
Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings, a novel about two unforgettable American women.
Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.
Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
"A masterpiece of women’s wisdom."—Christiane Northrup, M.D.
"The journey to capture her feminine soul and live authentically . . . makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story."—Publishers Weekly
In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its publication, a newly reissued edition of the bestselling author’s classic work of feminine spiritual discovery, with a new introduction by the author.
"I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening."—Sue Monk Kidd
For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, she experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, Kidd tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church.
From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women—one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women’s experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life—her marriage, her career, and her religion.
Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.
When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life “molded to the smallest space possible.” Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right, and with the immutable force of home and marriage.
Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie’s life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.
The bestselling author's inspiring autobiographical account of personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace.
"Inspiring. Sue Monk Kidd is a direct literary descendant of Carson McCullers."—Baltimore Sun
"Grounded in personal experience and bolstered with classic spiritual disciplines and Scripture, this book offers an alternative to fast-fix spirituality."—Bookstore Journal
Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of "active waiting."
Sue Monk Kidd has touched millions of readers with her novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair and with her acclaimed nonfiction. In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a fifty-something and a twenty-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other.
Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel. Ann, just graduated from college, heartbroken and benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life, grapples with a painful depression. As this modern-day Demeter and Persephone chronicle the richly symbolic and personal meaning of an array of inspiring figures and sites, they also each give voice to that most protean of connections: the bond of mother and daughter.
A wise and involving book about feminine thresholds, spiritual growth, and renewal, Traveling with Pomegranates is both a revealing self-portrait by a beloved author and her daughter, a writer in the making, and a momentous story that will resonate with women everywhere.
The bestselling author's inspiring account of her spiritual journey into discovering the love of God.
"Beautifully written . . . the message and challenge of the book is profound. . . . This book will awaken your longing and set you off on your own spiritual journey."—Today's Christian Woman
"A joy to read from beginning to end."—Virtue Magazine
Sue Monk Kidd explores the thrilling possibilities of God's everlasting love. God's Joyful Surprise makes an important statement about devotion to God rather than activity. Strands of humor and warmth woven throughout make it a joy to read from beginning to end.
La fuerza de la voz femenina cuenta de nuevo la historia de Jesús de Nazaret.
«Me llamo Ana y fui la esposa de Jesús, hijo de José de Nazaret.»
Ana es una joven de una familia judía acomodada con inquietudes y sueños. Su vida cambia cuando conoce a Jesús, un joven rebelde que se opone pacíficamente a la dominación de Roma, que no hace milagros pero sí ayuda a pobres y prostitutas y que se convierte en líder casi a su pesar. Pero lo que se cuenta aquí no se la historia que ya conocemos sino la de las mujeres en una época en la que la inteligencia, el ingenio y la inquietud, eran propiedad de los hombres. Una reivindicación feminista en una novela en la que la riqueza de detalles históricos y la ambientación magistral llevan al lector hasta un paisaje mil veces explorado pero que aparece totalmente nuevo.
La crítica ha dicho:
«Con una excelente investigación y una trama bien construida, esta obra maestra da vida a un personaje extraordinario.»
«Para los amantes de la novela histórica...Kidd se vale de una inesperada narradora para darle una nueva perspectiva a una época muchas veces transitada.»
The Washington Post
«Llena de imaginación, traza la lucha de una mujer joven para enfrentar el modo en el que la sociedad dictamina lo que puede y no puede hacer.»
«A pesar de estar ambientada en la Judea antigua, esta novela resulta completamente contemporánea, al estar centrada en el despertar de una mujer tenaz al poder indómito de su espíritu.»
«La evocación de la vida en Galilea es fascinante y la rebelde e inteligente Ana es un personaje inolvidable.»
«Con gran riqueza imaginativa...La ambición y el profundo sentido de la justicia de Ana la convierten en un personaje con el que empatizarán los lectores modernos...Además de ofrecernos una versión centrada en la mujer delos acontecimientos que se narran en el Nuevo Testamento, la novela de Kidd es también un retrato vibrante de una mujer que trata de de preservar y celebrar las historias de las mujeres, las suyas y las de las demás.»
Publishers Weekly (starred)
«El mensaje sobre la importancia de la bondad y el poder de la voz femenina conectará con fuerza con los lectores de hoy en día.»
Una novela sobre el poder femenino.
Una historia que las mujeres compartirán y pasarán a sus hijas por generaciones.
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Carolina del Sur, 1964. Lily Owens es una joven de catorce años cuya vida ha girado alrededor de un padre que no la cuida y que la responsabiliza de la misteriosa muerte de su madre. Cuando su niñera Rosaleen, una mujer negra, orgullosa y sin miedo, es encarcelada por defender su recién adquirido derecho al voto frente a los racistas, Lily decide que ambas deben ser libres. Escapan a Tiburón, Carolina del Sur, un pueblo que guarda el secreto del pasado de su madre, y en el que serán alojadas por un excéntrico trío de hermanas apicultoras, que introducirán a Lily en el fascinante mundo de las abejas y la miel.
«El tema central de esta novela es la búsqueda de una madre por parte de Lily, que la encuentra donde menos lo hubiera imaginado.»
The New York Times Book Review
A adolescência de Lily Owens tem sido complicada. Ela não se lembra da morte da mãe, há mais de dez anos, e sua relação com o pai é mais que difícil. Em 1964, quando completa catorze anos, ela decide fugir junto com sua babá Rosaleen. Lily sai a caminho de Tiburon, a cidade que parece esconder alguma resposta sobre a vida de sua mãe. Chegando lá, ela e Rosaleen são acolhidas por três irmãs. Aos poucos, Lily descobre um mundo mágico de abelhas, mel e da Madona Negra. Com a ajuda das irmãs Boatwright — August, May e June —, Lily tenta desvendar sua história. Será que ela conseguirá enfrentar os demônios de seu passado e se tornar uma jovem independente?