While this novel contains the historical rather than theological Jesus as a character, it is really the story of his fictional wife, Ana. The veteran author has tackled big subjects before, including faith, slavery, mother-daughter relationships and an affair between a married woman and a monk. xx. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I wanted the story to be about Jesus the man.”– Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings is an extraordinary book with the most unique premise. Behold: Into this controversial arena now steps Sue Monk Kidd with “The Book of Longings,” a novel about Jesus’s wife. Luckily for the N.F.L. Your email address will not be published. I finished this book last night and decided to sleep on it before writing up a review. And look at my silly, too red quarantine reading style! I would highly recommend looking into the Council of Nicaea and the Gospel of Mary to start. Thanks! Either way, if you have any interest in the plot, I would recommend you read it. This was definitely one of the most delicately explored historical fiction books I have ever read. Review. Ana is an inquisitive, forthright young lady living in a society where women did not question their lot in life. I didn't want to have to unsee/unimagine anything savior-related. Kindness is hard. Can Kim Jong-un Quit, Too? For the first 14 months, Kidd did an exhaustive amount of research, a process she describes as “both tedious and wondrous.” She watched documentaries and immersed herself in books on Jesus and Palestine. The Houston Rockets Have to Keep James Harden Happy. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I was the wife of Jesus of Nazareth. Western Economies Embrace State Intervention, Emulating Asia, For the Arts in Europe, Lockdown Feels Different This Time, Norway’s Supreme Court Hears Rights Challenge to Arctic Oil Drilling, Partying Like It’s 1925 as London’s Theaters Go Dark (Again), Teacher’s Slaying Becomes Unsettling Civics Lesson in France’s Schools. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. An imaginative and intriguing story of a first century woman full of courage and perseverance. Ana is our main character, and you know from the beginning that she will become the wife of Jesus. Although best known for her 2001 blockbuster, “The Secret Life of Bees,” she began her writing career by publishing spiritual memoirs that described her move from the Baptist theology of her youth to the insights of Christian mystics old and new.