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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.
this one was not as good as THE SECRET HISTORY OF BEES but a really pleasant read nonetheless.Published 25 days ago by J L Kelly
I love the South Carolina lowlands. Before heading out to vacation in Hilton Head I bought this book. What could be better! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Trudi A. Ciccoricco
We find a surprising winner in The Mermaid Chair.
It's a winner because the romantic aspect of the book weighed lightly on the text, and was comfortably balanced by both... Read more
Cumbersome read. I kept waiting for it to take off and it didn't. Loved her other books so I stuck it out through the plodding plot and improbable love at first glimpse story.Published 1 month ago by Kristina