The Book of Longings

The Book of Longings

Large Print - 2020
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"Raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, a relentless seeker with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. She yearns for a pursuit worthy of her life, but finds no outlet for her considerable talents. Defying the expectations placed on women, she engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes secret narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets the eighteen-year-old Jesus, each is drawn to and enriched by the other's spiritual and philosophical ideas. He becomes a floodgate for her intellect, but also the awakener of her heart. Their marriage unfolds with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, James and Simon, and their mother, Mary. Here, Ana's pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to the Roman occupation of Israel, partially led by her charismatic adopted brother, Judas. She is sustained by her indomitable aunt Yaltha, who is searching for her long-lost daughter, as well as by other women, including her friend Tabitha, who is sold into slavery after she was raped, and Phasaelis, the shrewd wife of Herod Antipas. Ana's impetuous streak occasionally invites danger. When one such foray forces her to flee Nazareth for her safety shortly before Jesus's public ministry begins, she makes her way with Yaltha to Alexandria, where she eventually finds refuge and purpose in unexpected surroundings. Grounded in meticulous historical research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print Publishing, [2020]
ISBN: 9780593285961
Characteristics: 564 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Oct 06, 2020

I gobbled this book up in a couple of sittings because Sue's skillful Writing is so delicious I simply couldn't stop reading! An intriguing reenvisioning of Jesus' Life and although I personally feel that Mary Magdalene was his wife and therefore, thought I might be disappointed in this different vision. The in-depth research, nuanced, and thrilling Storytelling of this vibrant tale allowed me to see the possibility. Like most of us, I've read & seen the crucifixion myriad times; however, this one was so well articulated it penetrated me in a forceful and utterly heartbreaking manner, leaving me with heavily leaking eyes -:) This is an Author who is exhibiting her flourishing mastery with each new book.

Sep 29, 2020

Honestly I was not impressed by this novel. The premise of Jesus having a wife was intriguing but the story line read like a romance novel of characters too good to be true. No selfish motives, except for Ana, but she would quickly turn it around. And as for her being a modern woman with a desire for equal rights? This woman would have been stoned by her family for the disgrace of her actions. No accounting for centuries of cultural practices. A woman then would not have even known to dream of independence. I was disappointed. Although, judging by how many want to read this, i am in the minority

ArapahoeAshleyR Sep 09, 2020

History is written by the victors and, in most cases, by men. Sue Monk Kidd tells the story of historical Jesus from the perspective of his fictional wife Ana. I didn't expect this book to own my heart, but it completely did.

IndyPL_LindsayH Aug 26, 2020

Sue Monk Kidd is a masterful storyteller! The Book of Longings is a new subject matter for her, in that it mixes religion with fiction. I was not sure if I would like it because I am not a very religious person, but she does an excellent job telling Ana`s story.

Ana, in the story, was married to Jesus. There is not\ mention of her in any of the scriptures, but the story is believable to the reader. Ana is a strong, intelligent woman, who fights for her own and her families rights. Her relationship with Jesus is strong, but distant since he places his mission as the prophet first. She spends most of her time longing for him and for a better life for women.

Aug 24, 2020

Sue Monk Kidd has outdone herself with this beautifully written novel. This work of fiction tenderly explores Ana, who is the wife of Jesus. It is such a nice story and really well told. I would recommend this book to anyone.

AnnabelleLee27 Aug 06, 2020

A creative and daring re-envisioning of life in the time of Jesus as it might have been experienced by a woman who in the story is also his wife. The writing is skillful and lovely and the section around the crucifixion is truly heart-wrenching and powerful. It is important to note that the novel is not about theology or religion but rather about relationships and becoming who you feel called to be even in difficult times. As such, it is a truly enjoyable and insightful read.

Jul 29, 2020

Kidd’s depiction of Ana, the wife of Jesus, as an early feminist was appealing since this characterization seemed grounded in well-researched history. I’m not too sure about her depiction of Jesus with his laughing nature although she does seem to target his religious passion well, for Jesus must certainly have been driven in this way. Loved her characterization of Ana’s aunt. Altogether a really enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

Jul 15, 2020

Fascinating, beautifully written and I didn't want it to end.

ontherideau Jul 05, 2020

Sue Monk Kidd gives voice to a fictional wife of Jesus and a voice to feminism long ago.

Jul 04, 2020

Kidd is an able writer, but she fails to develope any of the book's characters into more than two dimensions with the exception of the young girl, the narrator. I truly enjoy historical fiction that broadens the reader's knowledge and appreciation of past eras and foreign geography; I also enjoy knowing more facts about historic people. But I fail to enjoy fabricated stories that ignore factual events and details recorded by eyewitnesses. This is a poor grasping for popularity by a writer-adrift.

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