Sue Monk Kidd , THE BOOK OF LONGINGS & Monique Morris, PUSHOUT

We talk with Sue Monk Kidd about her novel, The Book of Longings. It’s the story of a brilliant young woman who becomes the wife of Jesus Christ.

Then we re-air our 2016 interview with Monique Morris about her book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

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Sue Monk Kidd
Christianity has always assumed that Jesus Christ was not married. But could that really be true of a man who lived in a time when marriage was a fundamental marker of adulthood?

And if Jesus was married, what would his wife have been like? That question is at the heart of Sue Monk Kidd’s wonderful new novel The Book Of Longings.

It’s the story of a young woman named Ana, rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. At a time when women’s longings for a life of their own are brutally suppressed, Ana is a secret writer of narratives about neglected and silenced women.

Then, she meets Jesus of Nazareth and they fall in love. Yet Ana never gives up her dedication to her own voice, just as Jesus follows his passion for a new ethos of love and justice.

Grounded in meticulous research, The Book of Longings is an compelling account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her.

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of four novels, including The Secret of Bees and four works of nonfiction.

Read an excerpt from The Book of Longings

Monique Morris
We first aired our interview with Monique Morris in 2016, soon after the murder of Philando Castile at the hands of the police.

Now, as protests against police violence sweep the land, we though this would be a good time to re-air our conversation with Morris about her book Pushout. It’s about another aspect of systemic racism: The criminalization of Black girls in schools.

Go to Writers Voice.net to hear the entire interview.