In 2002, Sue Monk Kidd
was in a hotel room, watching Jeopardy
, when she realized how huge her book, The Secret Life of Bees
, had become. A contestant chose "Women Writers" for $600. The question: "Sue Monk Kidd's debut novel is about this insect." "I sat blinking," she says. "It finally got through to me, and I decided to step up to the reality of my novel's unexpected success. There's only one small problem: You have to follow it up." So last year, Kidd published her sophomore effort, The Mermaid Chair
, centered on a married woman who falls for a British monk. "It's about a woman who wants love and freedom," she says. "And she wants them both at the same time."
Tue., April 4, 7 p.m.