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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.
At first I wasn't sure I'd like the book. The first few chapters didn't appeal to me. But I loved her other two books, so I decided to continue. Read morePublished 2 days ago by springchick5
I read this books so many years ago and still remember how enchanting it was.Published 14 days ago by Vicki F. Bauer
A gentle, thoughtful and tender book about a woman questioning her feelings and values because of discomfort about a family secret that is nudging her consciousness. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Barbara Duffin
Sue Monk Kidd is really great at creating characters you feel you actually know. that, plus the unique S. Carolina setting, make for a wonderful read. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Lynn McCue
Though I disapprove of the promiscuity of the main characters in this story (I loved THE SECRET LIVES OF BEES and THE INVENTION OF WINGS), I appreciate Sun Monk Kidd’s ability to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hope Irvin Marston
Easy reading. A tale of a woman's journey. And some interesting cultural lessons learned. Surprising twists and turns of events.Published 1 month ago by theseagypsy
This book has a million star rating from me,the characters were wonderful,so rich,so real,the words,sentences,paragraphs were like a deliciously well spiced soup.Published 1 month ago by jeanette cox