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The Book of Longings Reviews

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Book of Longings

From the author of the international bestseller THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

Sue Monk Kidd

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2 reviews

Imprint: Tinder Press
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication date: 21 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781472232496

'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.

4 stars out of 5
9 Apr 2020

"It’s the story we all know, but from a new angle, with all the familiar characters brought to vivid life."

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!



3 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
7 Apr 2020

"Kidd plays on our scriptural knowledge cleverly"

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.