The Mermaid Chair

Kobo ebook | March 7, 2006

bySue Monk Kidd

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The New York Times–bestselling second novel by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings 

Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.

When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life “molded to the smallest space possible.” Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right and the immutable force of home and marriage.

Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie’s life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to comes discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.

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The New York Times–bestselling second novel by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings  Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a me...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 7, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1101201037

ISBN - 13:9781101201039

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Story. It took me a while to get into it, but once I was in I couldn't put it down. She creates beautifully imagery so you can see the island, the creeks, the rook, etc. A nice story about personal growth and forgiveness.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A simple, entertaining read. I read Secret Life of Bees by the same author, and that's what compelled me to pick this one up. It didn't change my life or anything but it was well written, keeps you entertained, quite emotional if you get into books the same way I do, haha. And it ended exactly as I needed it to!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! simply a wonderful book!
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read This book was ok but I didn't love it. If you have a free copy read it, but I wouldn't buy it.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Satisfactory This was a fun read, but like with most chick lits I read, I figured out the plot -middle book-. So there was no real surprise or twists. It has a "woman power" feeling to it, so it's good to read and discuss with your girlfriends.
Date published: 2010-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I wish there are more books as beautifully written as this one. Definitely love it with all my heart. Too good a book to give you a spoiler. Go and enjoy it!
Date published: 2007-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent book. I would definitely read this book again and recommend others to read also. The reason why I enjoyed this book so much as it relates to how a middle aged married woman and mother of one is living her life. She meets a monk and they have a steamy love affair. She has lived her life looking after her husband, and her daughter, and now she is caring and pampering herself. She is looking after herself. The characters in this book are great, and a little humour is also acknowledged, which adds a twist to this novel. Great book.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Forced to finish This was a selection by my book club and I was excited to read it but was trully disappointed. I found the protagonist to be self indulgent and childish. She was unable to distinguish lust from love , and instead of trying to solve her feelings of disillusionment with life, she simply avoided them by having an ill conceived affair. To me, this novel was an example of 'chick-lit' at it's worst, and I had to force myself to finish it.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow What a great character, a little older and still unsure. Beautifully written with a story that stays with you.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grips you from the start and carries you through I thought the story was unique and the pain of life so revealing. My heart was captured and now I look forward to reading"The Secret Lives of Bees"
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Surprisingly Enjoyable Read I was recently at our Chapters store and they had a double IRewards day but surprisingly I couldn't find any books that I REALLY wanted to read. Not wanting to pass up such a great deal I picked up a few books that caught my eye and this was one of them. I have not ready A Secret Life of Bees so I really didn't know what to expect from this author. I quite enjoyed this tale of a middle aged woman coming to terms with her own life's story. As I was reading I felt that the last 1/3 was a little rushed but then I realized that life is often like this...it takes a long time to get somewhere emotionally but once you're there the pieces seem to fall into place rapidly. I would have liked more description of thoughts and feelings during the last 1/3 as this is part of what made the first 2/3 so well written but the story was still one that is definately enjoyable. I plan to pick up A Secret Life of Bees soon...I think I have stumbled upon a new author to explore.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book! I haven't read this author before now and I'm impressed. What an wonderful story. It pulls you in and captivates you...one of my favourites!
Date published: 2006-06-09