The Book of Longings

The Book of Longings

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 21/04/2020
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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

'I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus.'

In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman called Ana.

Ana is a rebellious young woman, a gifted writer with a curious, brilliant mind, who writes secret narratives about the neglected and silenced women around her. Raised in a wealthy family in Galilee, she is sheltered from the brutality of Rome's occupation of Israel. Ana is expected to marry an elderly widower to further her father's ambitions, a prospect that horrifies her. A chance encounter with the eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything: his ideas and his passion are intoxicating.

Taking Ana on a journey she could never have imagined, The Book of Longings is a glorious evocation of a time and a place where astounding events unfolded, and of one woman's fate when she fights to make her voice heard.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472232496
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 667g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 42 mm

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The Book of Longings
I strongly recommend it
I think it's a very spiritual book, not religious or simply historical but spiritual as it talks to your spirit and makes you reflect on what you're readin... READ MORE
The Book of Longings
“I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus of Nazareth. I am a voice.
“When I am dust, sing these words over my bones: she was a voice”. This quote accurately summarizes Ana’s fierce spirit. She is a wonderous my strong femal... READ MORE
Emily  Minness