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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.
Not at all what I expected, but I really enjoyed. The story was very different from the author's other books.Published 4 days ago by Oso
Such a disappointment.
I did enjoy the descriptive details and depictions of the island but the story line was cliché and simplistic. Read more
I read this because I loved The Secret Life of Bees by the same author. This time it was about a woman with a failing marriage and an eccentric mother. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Swankivy
This book seemed to start off well and fell into silliness which is a shame a really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees.Published 8 days ago by S. Wood
Monk weaves a beautiful story of a woman's mid-life crisis triggered by an empty nest and her mother's desperate act. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lucy M.
Sue Monk Kidd enchants us with an irreverent love affair while trying to unravel the circumstances of her Father's death and her Mother's disfiguring psychotic episode. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Deborah Lomax