The Book of Longings – Praise
“A richly imagined first-person narrative…In addition to providing a woman-centered version of New Testament events, Kidd’s novel is also a vibrant portrait of a woman striving to preserve and celebrate women’s stories—her own and countless others.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Historical fiction page-turner… An excellent book club choice…The intensity, bravery, and strength of character of Ana, as imagined by Kidd will inspire readers but in a different way: to live authentically and remain true to oneself.
Library Journal, Starred Review
“A well-researched novel about a young Jewish woman, who fights against cultural norms to realize the passion and potential inside her.”
Good Morning America
I kept having to close this novel and breathe deeply, again and again. A radical reimagining of the New Testament that reflects on women’s longing and silencing and silencing and awakening, it is a true masterpiece.
Glennon Doyle, Untamed
“The author takes that enduring scholarly mystery and delivers unto us the story of Ana, who meets Jesus when he’s 18 and falls in love with him. This historical saga conjures a woman who defies the expectations of her time by becoming a scholar and philosopher.”
“The latest from Sue Monk Kidd introduces us to Ana, a courageous, intelligent woman who marries Jesus long before his public ministry begins. Based on meticulous historical research, this is a humanizing look at Jesus the man, as well as an inspiring story of a strong woman living in a society bent on her silence.”
“[SueMonkKidd] spins new gold from one of the greatest stories ever told… Provocative, passionate and extremely moving, this is both a love story for the ages and a portrait of a woman way ahead of her biblical times.”
“A daring leap into historical fiction . . . Deeply researched and reverent, The Book of Longings explores the importance of women making their voices heard in a time when the powers that be strove to keep them silent.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“An engrossing, briskly paced story in an appealing voice . . . the message about the importance of kindness and the power of women’s voices should resonate strongly with today’s readers.”
“Most novelists wouldn’t touch this territory with a ten foot pole, but then they’re not Sue Monk Kidd. ..A daring and thought-provoking story.”
Omnivoracious: The Amazon Book Review
“I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.” A bold start to a novel that imagines the life of an unforgettable woman, written with reverence to the topic it covers. This intricate story is an epic journey, which fans of The Red Tent will devour. A novel about the power of women’s stories, The Book of Longings is perfect for book clubs.