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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 the Hardcover edition.
Hated this book. It was my granddaughters choice for our summer reading.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
My first read by Sue Monk Kidd (and it's definately the last( turned out to be so very over-hyped. I'm a little pissed off. Read morePublished 23 days ago by mimic
I wasn't impressed until the last third of the book, but it did finally come together better. The details were nice but the main characters were hard to like and really get behind.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
One more time sue Monk Kidd has delivered a mesmerizing piece of literature. This one was hard to put down.Published 1 month ago by carol hamilton
this book moved me to tears. It is better than the cover lets on. I believe the mature audience (over 40) will appreciate it most.Published 1 month ago by Mechthild Molter
This is a real comedown for a brilliant writer. It is on a shallow theme - a girlie book- and shows an unrelenting, intense interest in a boring, unimportant subject - or perhaps... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cnedzela
An interesting read exploring relationships within a family off the Carolina coast. Sue Monk Kidd has such a way with storytelling, compelling you to read page after page! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Deborah Comps