The Mermaid Chair

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Headline, Feb 3, 2011 - Fiction - 300 pages
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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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So far, the writing is lovely. - LibraryThing
And again, the ending made me weep but it was worth it. - LibraryThing
However, not as nice in developing plot or character. - LibraryThing
But the writing is self-conscious. - LibraryThing
The plot has some interesting twists and turns. - LibraryThing
Verdict: Charming prose, hackneyed plot. - LibraryThing

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It's hard not to compare "The Mermaid Chair" to "The Secret Life of Bees." Kidd is attempting something completely different here, so it's probably not fair to compare plot and characters. But the ... Read full review

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User Review  - gmillar - LibraryThing

Whether Ms. Kidd meant it or not, this is an affirmation of the power of woman. I don't begrudge it, I just note it. I wish that The Good Ole Boys in DC and the redneck imbeciles in the middle of this ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of two widely acclaimed memoirs, THE DANCE OF THE DISSIDENT DAUGHTER and WHEN THE HEART WAITS. Her fiction has appeared in several literary journals. She lives beside a salt marsh in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband.

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