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DON'T MISS THE EXTRAORDINARY NEW NOVEL FROM SUE MONK KIDD, THE BOOK OF LONGINGS - PUBLISHED ON 21ST APRIL 2020, AND AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW
The Secret Life of Bees: The multi-million-copy bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings.
Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four years old. Now, at fourteen, she yearns for forgiveness and a mother's love. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her harsh and unforgiving father, she has only one friend, Rosaleen, a black servant.
When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily chooses to flee with her. Fugitives from justice, the pair follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world as about the mystery surrounding her mother.
'A wonderful book, by turns sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris' Daily Telegraph
'Charming, funny, moving' The Times
'Wonderfully written, powerful, poignant...read it' Joanna Trollope
What readers are saying about The Secret Life of Bees:
'One of the most poignant and heart tugging books I have ever read' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
'Emotional and heart-breaking, yet full of hope and love. I laughed and cried equally through the book. This wonderful book will stay with me for a long time to come' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
'One of the best books I've read in a while. Touching, well-written, beautiful, full of expression, insightful' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
'A beautifully written masterpiece. I loved the writing, the descriptions, the humour sprinkled through the story. There was sadness and love, hope and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
The No. 1 New York Times bestseller. A powerful and extraordinary novel about the unlikely friendship between two exceptional women during the last years of slavery in the US. From the celebrated author of the multi-million-copy-bestselling novel The Secret Life of Bees.
'Fascinating... A splendid tribute to a pair of true heroines' The Times
'Wonderful - well-written, moving and engaging by turns, and always compelling' Daily Mail
'A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman - slave or free' Oprah Winfrey
'A resonant, illuminating novel' Observer
Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. Her mother says she's difficult and her father says she's remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimké is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows that what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept another person as a present. And so, indeed, the trouble begins ...
A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, The Invention of Wings evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of otherwise respectable people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
What readers say about The Invention of Wings:
'You cannot fault Sue Monk Kidd's writing; she very adeptly speaks with both Sarah and Handful's voice. The pictures she paints are vivid, compelling and haunting; this is not a novel I will easily forget' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
'I was not expecting this book to grab my heartstrings and pull the way that it did' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
'The weaving of fact and fiction into a powerful novel covering abolition of slavery, women's ambitions in 19th century America, love, family, betrayal and hope for a better future make compelling reading' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
'Unforgettable. This book was completely and utterly dynamic. From the first word to the last I was enthralled with Sarah and Handful. So powerful' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Don't miss the extraordinary new novel from Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings - published on 21st April 2020, and available to pre-order now
The Mermaid Chair: The No. 1 New York Times bestseller and award-winning novel, from the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings. A beautiful and haunting exploration of human relationships, personal fulfilment and spirituality.
'Highly charged... full of sexual and spiritual desire. Every bit as moving and convincing as The Secret Life of Bees' Mirror
'Beautiful writing...Kidd's characters cherish storytelling' USA Today
'It's hard to put this book down for little things like sleeping and eating' Elle
In her forties, and married for half her life, Jessie Sullivan honestly believes that she is happy. She has a lovely home, a dependable husband and an accomplished and adored teenage daughter. But when shocking news about her mother compels Jessie to visit the island where she grew up, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a Benedictine monk on the verge of taking his final vows.
Amidst the seductive beauty of the South Carolina salt marshes, Jessie is torn between powerful new longings and her enduring marriage. After all these years she is finally beginning to understand who she really is and where she belongs. But she has still to discover how much of her old life has a place in the new one.
What readers are saying about The Mermaid Chair:
'I was drawn in from the first sentence and felt emotionally attached to each and every one of the characters. Couldn't put it down; loved it' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
'The telling of the tale was thoughtful and very beautiful and I felt that I'd shared Jessie's journey' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
'This is a wonderful novel, spellbinding with characters that you can wholly visualise and want to know. The writing is very strong and not for a long time have I remembered the style, flavour and feeling of a novelist's writing long after I've finished it' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars
'This book spoke right to my heart, right to the pull and tug of what it is to be a woman, a wife, a mother. This book is beautifully written and has become my favourite amongst the Sue Monk Kidd novels that I have devoured' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Mein Name ist Ana. Ich war die Frau von Jesus aus Nazareth. So beginnt der lange erwartete neue Roman von Bestsellerautorin Sue Monk Kidd. Es ist die fiktive Lebensgeschichte von Ana, der Gefährtin Jesu. Die Erzählung setzt im Jahr 16 nach Christus ein, im von den Römern besetzten Galiläa. Dort wächst Ana in einer wohlhabenden jüdischen Familie auf. Sie ist ein kluges Mädchen mit rebellischem Geist und messerscharfem Verstand. Ana lernt Lesen und Schreiben, studiert die Thora und beginnt heimlich die Geschichten der vergessenen Frauen der Heiligen Schrift aufzuzeichnen: Eva, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel und Ruth. Als Ana vierzehn ist, soll sie an einen alten Witwer verheiratet werden. Auf dem Markt wird sie ihm vorgeführt, sie ist entsetzt. Ein junger Mann mit dunklen Locken und sanften Augen erkennt ihre Verzweiflung und hilft Ana. Ihre Begegnung wird alles verändern.
Wie keine andere Autorin versteht es Sue Monk Kidd, Frauen eine Stimme zu geben, die sich dem Rollenverständnis ihrer Zeit widersetzen. »Das Buch Ana« ist eine spannende Geschichte weiblicher Selbstfindung in einer Zeit, in der Frauen Lernen und Schreiben verboten war. Ana folgt ihrer Sehnsucht, sie kämpft für ihre Freiheit, und sie schreibt die Geschichte, die wir alle zu kennen glauben, neu.
Sue Monk Kidd wollte Jesus als Menschen zeigen und hat ihm eine Frau zur Seite gestellt, die ihm auf Augenhöhe begegnet. Beide ergänzen sich in ihrem spirituellen Sehnen und in ihrer Liebe und Weitsicht. Ihr gelingt ein Roman, der von der ersten Seite an fesselt, der berührt und rührt.
TRAVELLING WITH POMEGRANATES is a touching and perceptive memoir about mothers and daughters that will resonate with women of all ages. From Sue Monk Kidd, the New York Times bestselling author of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and THE INVENTION OF WINGS, and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.
Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann chronicle their travels together at a time when each had reached an important turning point in her life. What emerged was a quest for Ann and Sue to redefine themselves and also rediscover one other. Against the backdrop of the sacred sites of Greece, Turkey and France, Sue grapples with the problem of how to expand her vision of swarming bees into the novel that she feels compelled to write, whilst newly raduated Ann ponders the classic question of what to do with her life.
What readers are saying about Travelling with Pomegranates:
'Wise, moving and beautiful'
'A thought provoking read'
'Magical, revealing and inspiring'
The bestselling author's inspiring autobiographical account of personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace.
"Inspiring. Sue Monk Kidd is a direct literary descendant of Carson McCullers."—Baltimore Sun
"Grounded in personal experience and bolstered with classic spiritual disciplines and Scripture, this book offers an alternative to fast-fix spirituality."—Bookstore Journal
Blending her own experiences with an intimate grasp of spirituality, Sue Monk Kidd relates the passionate and moving tale of her spiritual crisis, when life seemed to have lost meaning and her longing for a hasty escape from the pain yielded to a discipline of "active waiting."
Una novela sobre el poder femenino.
Una historia que las mujeres compartirán y pasarán a sus hijas por generaciones.
Más de dos años y medio en las listas de libros más vendidos del New York Times.
Más de 8 millones de ejemplares vendidos en todo el mundo.
Traducida a más de 36 idiomas.
Carolina del Sur, 1964. Lily Owens es una joven de catorce años cuya vida ha girado alrededor de un padre que no la cuida y que la responsabiliza de la misteriosa muerte de su madre. Cuando su niñera Rosaleen, una mujer negra, orgullosa y sin miedo, es encarcelada por defender su recién adquirido derecho al voto frente a los racistas, Lily decide que ambas deben ser libres. Escapan a Tiburón, Carolina del Sur, un pueblo que guarda el secreto del pasado de su madre, y en el que serán alojadas por un excéntrico trío de hermanas apicultoras, que introducirán a Lily en el fascinante mundo de las abejas y la miel.
«El tema central de esta novela es la búsqueda de una madre por parte de Lily, que la encuentra donde menos lo hubiera imaginado.»
The New York Times Book Review
Une belle amitié nait entre les deux fillettes, Sarah et Handful, qui aspirent toutes deux à s’échapper de l’enceinte étouffante de la maison Grimké. À travers les années, à travers de nombreux obstacles, elles deviennent des jeunes femmes avides de liberté et d’indépendance, qui se battent pour affirmer leur droit de vivre et se faire une place dans le monde.
Une superbe ode à l’espoir et à l’audace, les destins entrecroisés de deux personnages inoubliables !
Traduit de l’anglais par Laurence Kiefé
"A masterpiece of women’s wisdom."—Christiane Northrup, M.D.
"The journey to capture her feminine soul and live authentically . . . makes a fascinating, well-researched and well-written story."—Publishers Weekly
In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its publication, a newly reissued edition of the bestselling author’s classic work of feminine spiritual discovery, with a new introduction by the author.
"I was amazed to find that I had no idea how to unfold my spiritual life in a feminine way. I was surprised, and, in fact, a little terrified, when I found myself in the middle of a feminist spiritual reawakening."—Sue Monk Kidd
For years, Sue Monk Kidd was a conventionally religious woman. Then, in the late 1980s, she experienced an unexpected awakening, and began a journey toward a feminine spirituality. With the exceptional storytelling skills that have helped make her name, Kidd tells her very personal story of the fear, anger, healing, and freedom she experienced on the path toward the wholeness that many women have lost in the church.
From a jarring encounter with sexism in a suburban drugstore, to monastery retreats and to rituals in the caves of Crete, she reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women—one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women’s experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life—her marriage, her career, and her religion.
South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, quattordici anni, cresce con un padre violento e Rosaleen, l'amatissima governante nera, generosa ed estroversa. Quando, cercando di sapere qualcosa sulla madre, morta quando Lily aveva solo quattro anni, la ragazza fugge di casa, ad accompagnarla sarà proprio la governante che, insieme ad altre due straordinarie donne, la inizierà ai segreti dell'apicoltura. E in quel mondo di api e di miele, scandito dai ritmi della natura, Lily troverà finalmente una nuova, più serena realtà, rischiarata dall'affetto e dalla tolleranza.
Ambientato nell'America dei conflitti razziali, La vita segreta delle api è la storia di una meravigliosa formazione interiore. Un romanzo commovente e poetico, che con la sua originalità e la sua semplice e disarmante bellezza ha affascinato quasi cinque milioni di lettori nel mondo.