Saturday, May 2nd 
1:00 p.m.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

3270 Mitchell Park Dr
Brookfield, WI 53045


Boswell Book Company and Books & Company present the return of Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings, for a special afternoon ticketed event at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield for THE BOOK OF LONGINGS.

Tickets for this event are $32 and include admission and a copy of The Book of Longings.


Your copy of The Book of Longings will come signed by the author. Sue Monk Kidd will sign backlist and additional copies of The Book of Longings after the talk. For this event, Sue Monk Kidd will not be personalizing and will not pose for photos.

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.

Alas, no cancellations or refunds after May 1. Thank you to the Elmbrook School District and Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts for the event space.

Sue Monk Kidd's debut, The Secret Life of Bees, spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S., was turned into an award-winning major motion picture and a musical, and has been translated into 36 languages. Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television movie. Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, an Oprah's Book Club 2.0 pick, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She is the author of the acclaimed memoirs The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, a groundbreaking work on religion and feminism, and the New York Times bestseller Traveling with Pomegranates, written with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor.


Event date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
3270 Mitchell Park Dr
Brookfield, WI 53045
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