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by Sue Monk Kidd

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  • ISBN 0670033944
  • ISBN13 978-0670033942
  • Language English
  • Author Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher Viking; First Edition edition (April 5, 2005)
  • Pages 335
  • Formats rtf azw lrf lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1305 kb
  • Size Fb2 1311 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 714

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.


Sue Monk Kidd’s first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, has sold three million copies since 200. .Her second novel, The Mermaid Chair, a New York Times bestseller, won the 2005 Quill Book Award for Best General Fiction. She lives near Charleston, South Carolina.

Sue Monk Kidd’s first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, has sold three million copies since 200.Those are big shoes to fill, but Kidd acquits herself admirably with The Mermaid Chai.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 writin.

Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, has sold 3 million copies since 2002. It should appeal to the many readers who made her first novel a hit with book clubs. Reconciling the spiritual with the human, The Mermaid Chair is a captivating metaphorical and sensual journey into one woman’s soul.

The Memphis Area BookCrossers chose this title as the book to read The Mermaid Chair: Sue Monk Kidd: 9780143036692: Books The Mermaid Chair: Sue Monk Kidd But I agree with writers who said it didn't have quite the same magic as her first novel. Regardless, Sue Monk Kidd is a superb.

Sue Monk Kidd (born August 12, 1948) is a writer from Sylvester, Georgia, best known for her 2001 novel The Secret Life of Bees. Kidd was born in Sylvester, Georgia, and attended local schools. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a . She worked in her twenties as a Registered Nurse and college nursing instructor at the Medical College of Georgia.

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The Mermaid Chair book. Sue Monk Kidd's phenomenal debut, The Secret Life of Bees, became a runaway bestseller that is still on the New York Times bestseller list more than two years after its paperback publication. Now, in her luminous new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans.

Sue Monk Kidd was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first novel The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia, a place that deeply influenced the writing of her first novel The Secret Life of Bees. An award-winning and international bestselling author, Kidd also authored The Invention of Wings and The Mermaid Chair, as well as several acclaimed memoirs, including Traveling with Pomegranates and The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. Her new novel, The Book of Longings will be published in April 2020. Read full bio. Books. Praise for Sue's Books. The Invention of Wings.

Sue Monk Kidd still shows her brilliance as an author in this book but having read . The Mermaid Chair," a New York Times bestseller, was adapted into a television movie.

Sue Monk Kidd still shows her brilliance as an author in this book but having read her first, it's impossible to think this book is great. SUE MONK KIDD is the author of the novels, "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Mermaid Chair," and the memoirs, "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits," and "Firstlight," a collection of early writings. The Secret Life of Bees" has spent more than 125 weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list and was adapted into an award-winning movie.

Sue Monk Kidd, the bestselling author of many books, has produced several celebrated memoirs and novels

Sue Monk Kidd, the bestselling author of many books, has produced several celebrated memoirs and novels. Published Works: The Invention of Wings, The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story. Spouse: Sanford Kidd. Children: Ann and Bob. Notable Quote: It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening. Raised in Sylvester, a rural town in Georgia, Kidd was the daughter of an imaginative, story-telling father. She knew early on that she wanted to be a writer.

Talk about The Mermaid Chair: A Novel


Kinashand
I felt the fictional location of this book ran to true to the feel of the air and the smell of the sea, and the song of the birds of a true sea coastline village. But the lives of the characters are what stayed with me after I finished the book. I imagined the women and men as they resumed their lives after knowledge of the past and present collided. Although fiction, it reminded me that everyone has a story, that lies and misdirection often are done with the best of intentions and that humans are amazing in their ability love and forgive and relearn how to love. I would recommend this book to every woman, married or not who feels they have let someone else steer their rudder and are reeling from that, even as they know that is what they originally wanted.
Sennnel
I didn't expect much after reading other reviews but for $1.99 I gave it a shot. I really wanted to like this book but I did not like or sympathize with the main character at all! I found her extremely selfish and narcissistic. Her point of the trip to the island was to take care of her seemingly mentally ill mother and she then forgets all about that to engage in an affair with a monk that she just met and immediately fell in love with! So hokey. I enjoyed the parts of the story that centered around her mother and eclectic circle of friends and also agree that the affair was totally unnecessary or that she should have used that attraction to make her realize how she needed to work on saving the good marriage she had to a really good guy. I was really hoping that Hugh wouldn't take her back. The author made it seem like he derserved being cheated on and that the main character found herself so he really benefited from the affair as well. Don't get me started on how Whit was so quick to fall immediately in love and forget his commitment. I have said enough.
Cordantrius
Tough book to rate...many aspects are very appealing. A sense of place--the island. An iconic center to the story--the mermaid chair. A bit of a mystery--what caused the death of Jessie's father AND why does Nelle keep chopping off her fingers. A romance--Hugh or Tom/ Tom or Hugh/ repeat...


OK--now my hesitation. At the heart of this book is a woman experiencing a mid-life crisis. The early description of Jessie's and Hugh's marriage is idyllic. Frankly, who wouldn't want to be in such a relationship?

When Jessie is called to the coastal island, where she grew up, she goes to find out why her mother descended into a state of insanity and self-mutilated. No sooner does she set about figuring that out than she encounters a monk (OK--a monk in training) at the monastery on the island. And a lightening bolt of instant attraction shoots through her. 

Were that me...let's just say I don't think being sexually attracted to a monk while I am in the midst of a deep crisis involving my mother would be my response. But, then the novel would have been much shorter.

So, Jessie experiences a mid-life crisis. Read the book for more details.
Just don't expect to walk away with either of these reactions: 1) oh, sure--that could absolutely happen to me; OR 2) I liked this book better than Secret Life of Bees.
Because I didn't--I still like Secret Life of Bees.
Longitude Temporary
The book seemed to get bogged down at times. As if the author didn't know where to go, so we got some more descriptive text about the island, or Hepzibahs head wraps. I was very surprised, that the main character, after telling us about the blame she shouldered for her Father's death, didn't tell her Mother about it when the big ridiculous end came and all was revealed about how her Father met his end and why. It was if the author had grown tired of her own writing and just wanted to get it over with. I didn't buy the ending at all.
Beahelm
In a way that no other work has this novel started my own personal journey of discovery of where my life has been, is now, and perhaps where it will go from here. It's a journey just begun so I've yet to see what insights I glean but am thankful that the choice of this work for a casual weekend read has turned into so much more. Reading Jessie's thoughts has made me look at my 63 years and the struggles I face now in a new and enlightening way. I expect to discover things both difficult and exciting as I "travel". Well worth reading.
generation of new
I loved this book because it contained such a mixture of fascinating characters. Clever tangles threading to form a rich tapestry of emotions, Complex relationships, each relating to the other in some way. I wanted to be there to watch it all unfold, to try and understand why the mother felt impelled to chop off her fingers, how the daughter felt falling in love with a monk, to watch the birds in their sanctuary and smell the sea air. I wanted a long lasting friendship with the colourful characters who swam on the beach together. Sue Monk Kidd is a masterful story writer with a huge ability to beckon the reader to fall into her book, be painted with the colours of her words, and feel sorry when the last page is turned. Such a great story. I have read it twice and will read it again and again.
Whitestone
Great book! Love the way Sue Monk Kidd writes. Could LIVE in her stories. This is such a far cry from what I expected, I was really pleased and hope to read more by this author. You could smell the ocean, feel the breeze...the paint....she's a very sensual, tactile writer, and romantic. But this is no Harlequin romance. Is it?? Gosh I hope not! If so, Harlequin has grown up.
I haven't finished it yet, but it is so well written. The characters all breathe.