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    Sue Monk Kidd(Author)

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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.

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"Book clubs, start your engines. Sue Monk Kidd''s first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, has sold 3 million copies since 2002....Those are big shoes to fill, but Kidd acquits herself admirably with The Mermaid Chair....Both novels drip with vivid images of hot Southern afternoons, droning insects, swooping birds and oases in which nature is the fabric of life. It is a tapestry strengthened by bonds between women that bridge pain and loss. Most important, both have passages of beautiful writing... Kidd wrote two well-received memoirs before turning to fiction. But perhaps the answer ultimately given by The Mermaid Chair is that a storyteller also can change course and come of age in the middle of her life."--"USA Today""Her writing is so smart and sharp, she gives new life to old midlife crises, and she draws connections from the feminine to the divine to the erotic that a lesser writer wouldn''t see, and might not have the guts to follow."--"Time""(A) rewarding second novel by the author of the bestselling Secret Life of Bees. Writing from the perspective of conflicted, discontented Jessie, Kidd achieves a bold intensity and complexity that wasn''t possible in The Secret Life of Bees, narrated by teenage Lily. Jessie''s efforts to cope with marital stagnation; Whit''s crisis of faith; and Nelle''s tormented reckoning with the past will resonate with many readers. This emotionally rich novel, full of sultry, magical descriptions of life in the South, is sure to be another hit for Kidd."--"Publisher''s Weekly, starred review ""Compelling reading....The writing is soulful in its probing of the human heart and family secrets."--"The San Francisco Chronicle""Secrets are told. Mysteries are revealed. In one rich and satisfying gush..., Jessie reevaluates just about every aspect of her life: her husband, her lover, her mother, her artwork, the death of her father decades ago, and most of all herself..."Book clubs, start your engines. Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, has sold 3 million copies since 2002....Those are big shoes to fill, but Kidd acquits herself admirably with The Mermaid Chair....Both novels drip with vivid images of hot Southern afternoons, droning insects, swooping birds and oases in which nature is the fabric of life. It is a tapestry strengthened by bonds between women that bridge pain and loss. Most important, both have passages of beautiful writing... Kidd wrote two well-received memoirs before turning to fiction. But perhaps the answer ultimately given by The Mermaid Chair is that a storyteller also can change course and come of age in the middle of her life."

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Sue Monk Kidd(Author)
  • Viking; First Printing edition (30 April 2005)
  • English
  • 6
  • Fiction

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  • By Ms Molly on 6 August 2017

    The book drifts into Mills and Boon land when exploring the central love story- i.e classic male / female beautiful people. I like the overall message and descriptions of the island.

  • By Jane Trueman on 4 May 2017

    A very enjoyable and unusual book. It didn't effect me as deeply as The Secret Life of Bees but nevertheless, beautifully written and highly recommended.

  • By Jayne on 30 May 2017

    Well written, unusual setting and individual interesting characters. Enjoyable, informative and entertaining.

  • By D.M. on 27 April 2017

    Disappointing, having loved 'secret life of bees' and 'invention of wings' - clichéd and fluffy!

  • By hg on 18 March 2017

    Quite enjoyed this - but she has written better books

  • By Nelly on 16 March 2013

    I have no idea why this didn't appeal to me other than just not my thing. Too far fetched, a bid mad if you want my honest opinion. I did read it all, but when I finished it I felt it didn't really make me have any strong desire to read SMK's other novels and left me a bit confused.


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