The Mermaid Chair
Sue Monk Kidd
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The New York Times–bestselling second novel by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings (Viking, January 2014)
Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on 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.
When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life “molded to the smallest space possible.” Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right and the immutable force of home and marriage.
Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie’s life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to comes discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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The mermaid chair
The mermaid chair is a fun but deep novel. Kidd describes life as a road with winding turns.....
The Mermaid Chair
What a great book. In some ways I liked this better than The Secret Life Of Bees because it wasn't as predictable. Lovely imagery and wonderful insight into us 40 something housewives! I've read this book a couple of times and find it refreshing each time. Enjoy!
What a waste
I loved The Secret Life of Bees and had high hopes for this novel but was completely let down. This story was so bad it almost seemed to be from a different author. I found the characters in Bees to be complex, engaging, and I cared about them. In Chair, I despised just about everyone, especially the main character. She can rationalize her characters behavior all she wants but in the end the protagonist comes off as the height of selfishness.