The Book of Longings in conversation with Elaine Neil Orr

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Fri, Apr 24
6:30 pm
2020-04-24T18:30:00-04:00
2020-04-24T18:45:00-04:00
First Baptist Church of Asheville
5 Oak St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
32.50
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Malaprop's
828-254-6734
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Kidd will be discussing her new book, THE BOOK OF LONGINGS, with author Elaine Neil Orr.

Each ticket is  and includes admission to the event and signing line and a copy of THE BOOK OF LONGINGS.

****Sue Monk Kidd will not be personalizing books****

About THE BOOK OF LONGINGS:
In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.
Their marriage evolves with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, and their mother, Mary. Ana’s pent-up longings intensify amid the turbulent resistance to Rome’s occupation of Israel, partially led by her brother, Judas. She is sustained by her fearless aunt Yaltha, who harbors a compelling secret. When Ana commits a brazen act that puts her in peril, she flees to Alexandria, where startling revelations and greater dangers unfold, and she finds refuge in unexpected surroundings. Ana determines her fate during a stunning convergence of events considered among the most impactful in human history.
Grounded in meticulous research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus’s life that focuses on his humanity, THE BOOK OF LONGINGS is an inspiring, unforgettable account of one woman’s bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place and culture devised to silence her. It is a triumph of storytelling both timely and timeless, from a masterful writer at the height of her powers.