The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair

Book - 2005
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Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny 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. Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been "molded to the smallest space possible." So when she is called home to cope with her mother's startling and enigmatic act of violence, Jessie finds herself relieved to be apart from her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but on Egret Island--amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks--she becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past, but most of all, as Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, she will find a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right.

What inspires the yearning for a soul mate? Few writers have explored, as Kidd does, the lush, unknown region of the feminine soul where the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic exists. The Mermaid Chair is a vividly imagined novel about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body; one that illuminates a woman's self-awakening with the brilliance and power that only a writer of Kidd's ability could conjure.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.
ISBN: 9780670033942
Branch Call Number: Fic Kidd
Characteristics: 335 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 25, 2019

Read Summer of 2018.

I just loved this book, and couldnt put it down! Its even been made into a movie!!

Nov 27, 2015

Pagan start to finish with crosses, vows not kept, symbols, mutilation to appease God (?!) nor did I like the characters or find them believable either. The mother's a nut-job start to finish nor is the ending believable either. Everybody wants to know God but nobody thinks to opens a Bible other than extract a verse here and there, taken out of context I might add. Says it's fiction and I certainly found it that! (Made up out of whole cloth that is.)

Aug 20, 2015

The Mermaid Chair is beautifully written. Sue Monk Kidd is the only writer where I have been able to complete a book of seduction. I was sure i was about to read another book of christian fiction so i was a little shocked. This is definately up there with The Piano, a controversial movie if i ever saw one!

Feb 14, 2015

This is a great read for understanding what a middle-aged woman goes through when being attracted to someone other than her husband.

Jun 23, 2014

I really loved The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings, but I didn't like this one at all. I did not find the characters likeable or engaging and there was too much new-age spiritual psychobabble. A big disappointment from an authour I have otherwise enjoyed reading.

Aug 27, 2013

J'ai autant aimé que The secret life of bees. Drame du coeur. Devenir amoureuse d'un autre homme. Choisir entre deux existences avec tout ce que ça comporte de renoncement, de sentiment de culpabilité. Un retournement dans sa vie. Je pense à cette phrase dans une chanson de Nicole Martin "Quand le coeur nous mène ailleurs, il faut bien suivre". C'est làle drame. Choisir entre deux biens...

Nov 23, 2012

Characters draw you in, but the story moves slowly and I kept anticipating the "secret". Interesting, but not great.

Aug 13, 2012

This is a story about how one's past can affect their future. I thought this was a nice story of friendship, finding ourselves and secrets. I thought this was a fun read.

Mar 05, 2011

I didn't like any of the characters. I sorta kept hoping they'd be overrun with zombies and eaten.

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