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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.
I'm actually keeping this copy as I know this is one that I'm likely to reread on a cold winter's night with a great cup of tea!Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
This feels like a first novel (at least, an early work) whose publication got piggybacked on the success of "The Secret Life of Bees. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Valerie
not what I expected.....kinda boring....about a woman having an affair or "finding herself".....the descriptive parts were nicePublished 5 days ago by Anne Karnuth
I loved reading this book. Enchanting and insightful. And I also love mermaids!Published 7 days ago by Teresa Di Campli
Very interesting read as all of Sue monk kids books are. Great twists and turns that are unexpected in the book and yet had a wonderful group of women with deep thought and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Gwynne Mesimer
Started slow but moved along after about 20 pages. A good read.Published 20 days ago by Barbara Miller