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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.
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 13 days 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 15 days 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 16 days ago by jeanette cox
Sue Monk Kidd displays her gifted story writing talents well in this one! You will be asking yourself many questions about relationships, family and the meaning of love and life... Read morePublished 17 days ago by A+student
The book was not as good as Secret life of bees and the invention of wings. WAs too predictable in the beginning chapters.Published 18 days ago by joseph t hudson
This is one of those books that you have to stay up all night to finish. It will resonate within a part of all of us.Published 26 days ago by Goldengirl
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 1 month ago by beverly mizen