Sue Monk Kidd Wiki
Sue Monk Kidd is an American writer best known for her 2001 novel The Secret Life of Bees. She is also known for her work in The Invention of Wings, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, The Mermaid Chair, Traveling with Pomegranates:A Mother-Daughter Story, among others.
Sue Monk Kidd Education
Kidd attended Texas Christian University where she graduated with a B.S. in nursing in 1970. In her twenties, Kidd worked as a Registered Nurse and college nursing instructor at the Medical College of Georgia. She was influenced in her 20s by the writings of Thomas Merton to explore her inner life.
In her 30s, Kidd took writing courses at Emory University and Anderson College in South Carolina, now Anderson University, as well as studying at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and other writers’ conferences.
Sue Monk Kidd Author
Kidd got her start in writing when a personal essay she wrote for a writing class was published in Guideposts and reprinted in Reader’s Digest. She went on to become a Contributing Editor at Guideposts.
Kidd’s first three books were spiritual memoirs describing her experiences in contemplative Christianity, the last telling the story of her journey from traditional Christianity to feminist theology.
Sue Monk Kidd Age
She was born on August 12, 1948 in Sylvester, Georgia, United States. She is 70 years old as of 2018.
Sue Monk Kidd Husband
Kidd is married to Sanford “Sandy” Kidd, and the couple have two children, Bob and Ann. Kidd resides in Florida with her family. She previously lived in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Sue Monk Kidd Books
- This Is the Day, 1987
- God’s Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved, 1988
- When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions, 1990
- Love’s Hidden Blessings: God Can Touch Your Life When You Least Expect It, 1990
- The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian
- Tradition to the Sacred Feminine, 1996
- The Secret Life of Bees, 2001
- The Secret Life of Bees , 2002
- The Mermaid Chair, 2005
- A Luminous Presence: One Woman’s Awakening to the Inner Life, 2005
- Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd, 2006
- Come and See, 2008
- Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey and France (with Ann Kidd Taylor). Viking, 2009
- The Secret Life of Bees: Mit Audio-CD und Klausurvorschlägen / by Gerhard
- Zimmer. Teacher’s manual, 2012
- The Invention of Wings, 2014
- The Invention of Wings: A 30 Minute Chapter by Chapter Summary & Review, 2014
- The Sue Monk Kidd Spiritual Sampler: Excerpts from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and a Special Letter to Readers from Sue Monk Kidd, 2016
The Secret Life Of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees is a book by Sue Monk Kidd. Set in 1964, it is a coming-of-age story about loss and betrayal. The book received critical acclaim and was a New York Times bestseller. It won the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards, and was nominated for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.
Originally published: 8 November 2001
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Original language: English
Adaptations: The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
Characters: Lily Owens, August Boatwright, June Boatwright, Rosaleen Daise, T Ray Owens
Sue Monk Kidd The Invention Of Wings
From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel about two unforgettable American women.
Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.
Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
Originally published: 7 January 2014
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Genres: Historical Fiction, Biographical Fiction
Nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Historical Fiction, Audie Award for Fiction
Sue Monk Kidd Quotes
- It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.
- Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.
- After you get stung, you can’t get unstung no matter how much you whine about it.
- I have noticed that if you look carefully at people’s eyes the first five seconds they look at you, the truth of their feelings will shine through for just an instant before it flickers away.
- The world will give you that once in awhile, a brief timeout; the boxing bell rings and you go to your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life.
- All my life I’ve thought I needed someone to complete me, now I know I need to belong to myself.
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