The Book of Longings

This is the opening of a review in the Washington Times.  

“I am Ana. I was the wife of Jesus ben Joseph of Nazareth. I called him Beloved and he, laughing, called me Little Thunder.”  With these opening words, Sue Monk Kidd launches into her ambitious new novel, “The Book of Longings.”  This novel was no easy undertaking for author Sue Monk Kidd.

This was a book that I was very hesitant to read. The idea of Jesus Christ being married and a fictional version of that story seemed too incredulous to me.  however, I got the audio of it from the library and I was totally mesmerized. The author’s research was meticulous and respectful. At no point was this preachy,  nor did it ever contradict any religious beliefs.  The characters were beautifully depicted,.....Ana, Jesus, Yaltha, Mary.....the  places were beautifully depicted, Jerusalem, Galilee, The Nile valley.   I found learning about the historical background of that era to be amazing.

“It is clear from the first page that Kidd is courageous in imagining the life of Jesus as a married man. How many authors would take this on? But her painstaking research and artful crafting of setting and character ensures that “The Book of Longings” is not just an extraordinary novel, but one with lasting power.“ Genine Babakian, Washington Post