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While Kidd places an obvious importance on the role of mysticism and legend in this tale, including the mysterious mermaid's chair at the center of the island's history, the relationships between characters is what gives this novel its true weight. Once she returns to her childhood home, Jessie is forced to confront not only her relationship with her estranged mother, but her other emotional ties as well. After decades of marriage to Hugh, her practical yet conventional husband, Jessie starts to question whether she is craving an independence she never had the chance to experience. After she meets Brother Thomas, a handsome monk who has yet to take his final vows, Jessie is forced to decide whether passion can coexist with comfort, or if the two are mutually exclusive. As her soul begins to reawaken, Jessie must also confront the circumstances of her father's death, a tragedy that continues to haunt Jessie and Nelle over thirty years later.
By boldly tackling such major themes as love, betrayal, grief, and forgiveness, The Mermaid Chair forces readers to question whether moral issues can always be interpreted in black or white. It is this ability to so gracefully present multiple sides of a story that reinforces Kidd's reputation as a well-respected modern literary voice. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This story seemed to ebb and flow in places, leaving this reader feeling disconnected. The relationship between Jessie and Richard lacked depth and credibility. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Nicholas Stanich Jr.
I found this book to be very slow. It completely lacked magic.
The island setting was nice. That is about all I found nice about the book. Read more
I loved “The Secret Life of Bees” and "The Invention of Wings”, but was disappointed in this one. Read morePublished 8 days ago by MarJean
I remember my mom got this book out for me an told me, she read this when she was younger, i was so not interested. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Abbey K. XD
Excellent writing - just the right amount of description. The story was interesting and told in a captivating way.Published 19 days ago by Joyce Hunter