6 Books That Made a Difference to Sue Monk Kidd
The author of The Invention of Wings has a pile of books on her desk that keeps her going—not just in writing, but in life. Read them all...
The Known World
By Edward P. Jones
"Okay...this one is not on my desk but it's a masterpiece. I found it so morally complex and enlightening. I want a novel to move my heart, mainly, but I love it when I can learn something that I didn't know before—and I did not know until I read this book that African Americans owned slaves. Jones dropped me into this world, in a setting so richly rendered. At the time I was reading it, I didn't know I was going to be writing a book about slavery. I would've sworn that it was not possible. But, when I was writing The Invention of Wings, I thought back on this book. I wanted that same feeling of realness."