FictionThe Book Of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Book Of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd


@suemonkkidd is a much lauded author known for her immersive style of writing. From the very first pages I was transported to the Galilee 2000 years ago. This is Historical Fiction, but it is so so much more. It is the story of a woman trying to find her voice, desperate to crystallise the stories of those around her and that is a message that transcends time and place. In an incredibly realistic and thought provoking way, Ana and her fellow women are given the spotlight when they are little more than property. This will appeal to people of all backgrounds and religions, as the focus is not on theology but the people and imagined experiences. The author treats the context with reverence and respect, clearly articulating the customs and beliefs of the time. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this, though Historical Fiction is a favourite genre, this is a real page turner. Ana is such a fierce and layered character and I genuinely had to know what was next for her. A week after finishing this and she is still on my mind which stands testament to the strength of this book ~ Chaya

Whilst I haven’t quite finished this one yet, what I can tell you is this; this novel, one centred around the story of Ana, who meets, falls in love with and then marries Jesus, has completely absorbed me. Sue Monk Kidd is a beautiful writer; her prose is lyrical and it literally sings off the page whilst it paints a picture of the Galilee so vivid that you will genuinely believe you are there. Ana as a character is a fantastically feminist voice — and this tale is, thus far at least, primarily about her quest — the one in which she realises her authentic self. Indeed, in the author’s Q and A with @aliciakeys (you can find it on YouTube — it’s excellent) she stresses that ultimately, this is the most important journey a woman can ever make and it is this that lies at the very heart of this enthralling tale. And, even though it is set thousands of years ago, Ana’s struggle is just as relevant today.

~ Sophie 

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