Sue Monk Kidd

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Sue Monk Kidd
Born (1948-08-12) August 12, 1948 (age 66)
Sylvester, Georgia
Occupation novelist, memoirist, feminist
Nationality United States
Period 1988–present
Website
www.suemonkkidd.com

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]

Early life and education[edit]

Kidd, who was born in Sylvester, Georgia, graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in nursing in 1970. She worked throughout her life as a Registered Nurse and college nursing instructor at Medical College of Georgia.[3]

She was influenced by the writings of Thomas Merton, in her 20s to explore her own inner life.[4] In her 30s, she 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.[5]

Career[edit]

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) set in the American civil rights movement of 1964, was written over three and a half years.[6] 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, it won the 2005 Quill Award for General Fiction and made into a 2006 Lifetime movie of the same name.[4]

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 was released in January, 2014. The historical novel about brutality of slavery, is based on life of Sarah Grimké, 19th-century abolitionist and women's rights pioneer,[6][7] The novel debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list and was later selected for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. In the April, Kidd appeared in an interview with Oprah on OWN's Super Soul Sunday episode.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Kidd is married to Sanford “Sandy” Kidd, and the couple have two children, Bob and Ann. She has lived in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, before Florida, her current residence.[3][4]

Bibliography[edit]

  • This is the Day, 1987
  • God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved, 1988
  • All Things Are Possible, 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 , 2002
  • The Mermaid Chair, 2005
  • Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd, 2006
  • Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey and France (with Ann Kidd Taylor). Viking, 2009
  • Moonlight on Lineoleum: A Daughter's Memoir (with Terry Helwig), 2011
  • The Invention of Wings, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sue Monk Kidd". Penguin Group USA. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Kidd, Sue Monk". WorldCat Identities. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Sue Monk Kidd Profile". University of South Carolina. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b c Leejan, Felicia R. (January 6, 2014). "Giving Voice, and Finding Her Own: Sue Monk Kidd Tackles Race in ‘The Invention of Wings’". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  5. ^ "About the Author". Sue Monk Kidd. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  6. ^ a b Sethi, Anita (5 January 2014). "The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – review". The Observer. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  7. ^ Bernejan, Suzanne (January 24, 2014). "SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW: Taking Flight: ‘The Invention of Wings,’ by Sue Monk Kidd". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Oprah Talks with Sue Monk Kidd About The Invention of Wings". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Ng, Philiana (2014-03-11). "Harpo Films to Adapt Sue Monk Kidd's 'Invention of Wings'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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