Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, spent more than one hundred weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than four million copies, and was chosen as the 2004 BookSense Paperback Book of the Year and Good Morning America's "Read This!" Book Club pick. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs and the recipient of many awards, including a Poets & Writers Award. Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, won the 2005 Quill Book Award for Best General Fiction. She lives near Charleston, South Carolina.