In The Moment ... April 28, 2020 Show 806 Hour 2
Sue Monk Kidd's latest book tells the story of a woman named Ana. She lives in the first century in a world both unknown and deeply familiar to many modern readers. The most interesting thing about Ana is not the man she marries, but you need to know who her husband is in order to understand the landscape of Ana's story and to understand why "The Book of Longings" is sure to be both celebrated and condemned by critics who might not even read it. Ana marries Jesus of Nazareth, and her journey in the hands of a master novelist becomes a revelation of the imagination. Sue Monk Kidd's debut novel, "The Secret Life of Bees," spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S., was turned into an award-winning major motion picture and a musical, and has been translated into 36 languages. Her second novel, "The Mermaid Chair," was a #1 New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television movie. Her third novel, "The Invention of Wings," an Oprah's Book Club 2.0 pick, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She is the author of the acclaimed memoirs "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter", widely considered a groundbreaking work on religion and feminism, and the New York Times bestseller "Traveling with Pomegranates," written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.