The Mermaid Chair

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Headline, Feb 3, 2011 - Fiction - 300 pages
27 Reviews
Jessie Sullivan has been married half her life, and has become accustomed to her role. But when she returns to the isolated island she grew up on to establish why her mother has been behaving oddly, she is to find a lot more than she came looking for. A loving, exuberant character, who believes herself to be happy, she has forgotten a hidden part of her spirit - the part represented by the beautiful, vibrant and legendary mermaid carved on a chair in the island's monastery. When Jessie falls passionately in love with a monk who is close to taking his final vows, she discovers a place in herself that she had never previously imagined could exist. THE MERMAID CHAIR is the story of a woman trying to save her outgrown life - the roles, identities, securities and illusions she had created for herself - before finally emerging as something far more alive and powerful.

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Her amazing writing. - Goodreads
The last plot twist about Jessie's father surprised me. - Goodreads
It was if the writer forgot about that. - Goodreads

Really good book.

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This was a good,interesting book that I would recommend. Perhaps not quite as great as the author's "Secret Life of Bees" but a pretty close second. An enjoyable read. ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arielle Walker - Goodreads

Maybe it was just the wrong time to have read this book, but I hated the main character, found the "instant-love" ridiculous and decided that though the writing wasn't too bad the story is too contrived to actually be any good. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the highly acclaimed bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. The Secret Life of Bees was her first novel. Selling over 5 million copies, it has become a modern classic and has been adapted into a feature film starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson.

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