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Sue Monk Kidd

USA flag (b.1948)

Sue Monk Kidd was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first novel The Secret Life of Bees. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1970 and later took creative writing courses at Emory University and Anderson College, as well as studying at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and other writers conferences.  In 2016, TCU conferred on her an honorary doctor of letters degree.

Genres: Historical, Inspirational
Sue Monk Kidd recommends
The Turtle Warrior (2004)
Mary Relindes Ellis
"This powerful novel will affect you deeply and linger long."
The Problem with Murmur Lee (2005)
Connie May Fowler
"Written with wonderful originality and biting humor, The Problem with Murmur Lee is about all the things that matter: life, death, love, foregiveness, and the journey towards truth. Its deeply affecting story left me with an aching love for life."
The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2005)
Kim Edwards
"Unfolds from an absolutely gripping premise, drawing you deeply and irrevocably into the entangled lives of two families and the devastating secret that shaped them both. I loved this riveting story."
Those We Love Most (2012)
Lee Woodruff
"Those We Love Most is an engrossing story about family fragility, rupture, and redemption. Woodruff's beautiful and unflinching portrayal of the grief, betrayal, guilt, tenacity, and love that engulf this family in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy will keep you turning pages till the end."
Leaving Lucy Pear (2016)
Anna Solomon
"From the first page, I was under the spell of Anna Solomon's emotionally engaging novel about the devastating choices we make and the unexpected consequences they bring. This is a fine literary tapestry woven with beautiful language, complex characters, and a precise probing of human desires and demons."
Marilla of Green Gables (2018)
Sarah McCoy
"Prepare to meet Marilla, a captivating heroine who will transport you back to the treasured world of Anne of Green Gables. Rich in historical detail, this charming novel vividly explores love, loss, friendship, and the coming-to-self of a girl on the cusp of womanhood."
In Polite Company (2021)
Gervais Hagerty
"Here is the captivating story of a contemporary young woman navigating the expectations of family, the traditions of Charleston’s elite, and the fierce pull of her own heart... This is a beautiful debut novel."

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