Historical fiction, women in the 1st century
Sue Monk Kidd imagines what if Jesus were married like every other man in his 20s during that time? And then she writes His wife Ana's story. Kidd's research places you completely in that moment, and the narrative matches that of the time period. You are there, experiencing what Ana, Mary, and the other women lived through. And although He is not a central character in the novel, you also witness the day to day humanity of Jesus.
This book is not biblical fiction, it does not follow every event in the life of Jesus. It is a fictional account of a woman during that time period who the author imagines as His wife. If you are able to stretch your imagination, be prepared for an engaging story of the strength of women and what they will do for the people they love. When I finished the book I was in awe of where words can take you and the talent of authors with that power.