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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.
Sue Monk Kidd has a wonderful descriptive voice that transports the reader into her stories, leading them through her characters' experiences, places, and emotions along the way. Read morePublished 7 days ago by beverly mizen
It took me to the depths of my own sorrows, regrets, and loves. It may be one of the most moving and powerful stories I have ever read. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Vagabond
Please remove from pending list. I order too many books to review each. Additionally, individual's tastes differ and my opinion of a book should have no bearing on anyone elses. Read morePublished 20 days ago by C.F.Howe
Lovely story. A mixture of fantasy and reality with a sense of mystery all along.Published 26 days ago by Bev Josten
Excellent a keep you reading book. I enjoy reading Sue Monk Kidd and will continue to read her books.Published 1 month ago by Ellen Peters