Sue Monk Kidd

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Sue Monk Kidd
Born (1948-08-12) August 12, 1948 (age 65)
Sylvester, Georgia
Occupation novelist, memoirist, feminist
Nationality United States
Period 1988 - today
Subjects books

Sue Monk Kidd (born August 12, 1948) is a writer from the Southern United States, best known for her novel, The Secret Life of Bees.[1][2]


Kidd, who was born in Sylvester, Georgia, graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in nursing in 1970 and worked throughout her life as a Registered Nurse and college nursing instructor.

She later took writing courses at Emory University and Anderson College in South Carolina, now Anderson University, as well as studied at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and other writers conferences.[3]

She 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.

Her first books, God’s Joyful Surprise (Harper SanFrancisco, 1988) and When the Heart Waits (Harper SanFrancisco, 1990), were spiritual memoirs describing her experiences in contemplative Christianity. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (Harper SanFrancisco, 1996) introduced themes from feminist theology.

Her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees (Viking, 2002), was written over three and a half years. It has been produced on stage in New York by The American Place Theater and been adapted into a movie by Fox Searchlight, starring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo. Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, was published in 2005, and made into a Lifetime movie of the same name.

In 2006, Firstlight, a collection of Kidd's early writings was released in hardcover by Guideposts Books and in paperback by Penguin in 2007.

The Invention of Wings, a novel released in January, 2014, was selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0.[4]


  1. ^ "Sue Monk Kidd". Penguin Group USA. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kidd, Sue Monk". WorldCat Identiies. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
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  4. ^ "Oprah Talks with Sue Monk Kidd About The Invention of Wings". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

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