This brilliant novel, by the bestselling author of The Secret Life Of Bees, imagines that Jesus had a wife: brainy, rebellious and resourceful Ana...
It’s the story we all know, but from a new angle, with all the familiar characters brought to vivid life.
I loved the hugely evil Herod, the bold reworking of Judas as a freedom fighter and the charismatic Messiah with the flashing smile. Brava!
Ana moves to the family compound, where Jesus’s mother, Mary, is kind, but her new sister-in-law despises her helpless, rich-girl ways. Jesus is a little colourless in this retelling, although Kidd is at pains to emphasise his humanity. This is a man, not a god. But he needs to be recognisably Jesus-ish, so he is relentlessly kind, compassionate and humble, apart from when he gets cross at the Pharisees. This Jesus would drive you nuts in a self-isolating situation.