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The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd
The Mermaid Chair
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Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion. Jessie Sullivan’s conventional life has... show more
Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion. Jessie Sullivan’s conventional life has been “molded to the smallest space possible.” So when she is called home to cope with her mother’s startling and enigmatic act of violence, Jessie finds herself relieved to be apart from her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but on Egret Island—amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks—she becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, as Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, she will find a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right. What inspires the yearning for a soul mate? Few writers have explored, as Kidd does, the lush, unknown region of the feminine soul where the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic exists. The Mermaid Chair is a vividly imagined novel about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body; one that illuminates a woman’s self-awakening with the brilliance and power that only a writer of Kidd’s ability could conjure.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143036692 (0143036696)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
4.0 The Mermaid Chair
It got me at "mermaid" (mention of other mythological creatures will do the trick as well). I watched the movie first, and then intrigued by it -- searched for the title and found that it was based upon a book. I must say that I am very pleased that the book and movie are almost completely identical...
Portable Magic
Portable Magic rated it
3.0 The Mermaid Chair ★★★☆☆
I didn't enjoy this book much, but it forced me, when I thought about the characters, to examine my own feelings. This is the story of a woman who goes middle-aged crazy and runs off on her husband, who is not perfect but has been a steady, reliable man who loves her completely. She takes advantage ...
Musings of a Bibliophile
Musings of a Bibliophile rated it
2.0 The Mermaid Chair
Maybe it was just the wrong time to have read this book, but I hated the main character, found the "instant-love" ridiculous and decided that though the writing wasn't too bad the story is too contrived to actually be any good.
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books!
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books! rated it
4.0 The Mermaid Chair
I'll start this review by saying I usually steer clear of books with adultery. Makes me too uncomfortable. I started this audiobook not knowing it was about adultery until I was already engrossed in it. I thought to myself, it's fiction, it doesn't have to be your Pollyanna view of the world. So ...
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!"
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!" rated it
3.0 The Mermaid Chair
Not as good as The Secret Life of Bees, which I read first and throughly enjoyed.It's a good romantic, spiritual journey kind of story, but didn't move me in the same way her first book did. As I'm writing this, I'm not sure if I should be comparing these two stories together, since they are very d...
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