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The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd

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Sue Monk Kidd's The Book of Longings delves into ancient history, exploring life in first-century Judea.

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd follows the life of Ana, a woman born in the Galilean city of Sepphoris at the start of what would become known as the Christian Era. Telling her story in the first person, Ana relays her journey from adolescent to aged wisewoman, along the way illustrating the challenges faced by women of her day, particularly those determined to have a voice in a culture where they were largely invisible. Oh, and incidentally, Ana proclaims herself to have been the wife of Jesus of Nazareth.

The work's title, The Book of Longings, describes the heart of this novel perfectly. Throughout Ana's life, first as the daughter of a high-ranking official, then as the wife of a poor carpenter and finally as a member of a community devoted to study and prayer, her obsession is to write. She continually expresses a yearning to pursue her passion in spite of most of those ...

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