In this episode, New York Times bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd discusses her upcoming novel The Book of Longings, which is from the point of view of Ana, the wife of Jesus. Kidd talks to Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how alternate histories can be vehicles for silenced voices of the past, and how our present might be different if Jesus being married was part of the Bible’s story. Kidd also talks about her research process and writing the character of Judas Iscariot.
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Sue Monk Kidd
Selected readings for the episode:
Sue Monk Kidd
The Book of Longings
The Secret Life of Bees
The Invention of Wings
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter
Traveling With Pomegranates (with Ann Kidd Taylor)
The work and teachings of psychoanalyst Carl Jung
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Empire City by Matt Gallagher
Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld (forthcoming)
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