The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair

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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.
Publisher: Review,
ISBN: 9780755307623
Branch Call Number: AF KIDD


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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.

May 16, 2010

When I found this book in the clearance section of Chapters and got my friend to pick it up for me with her employee discount, I thought I’d scored a major bargain. I loved the author’s first book, The Secret Life Of Bees – it made me want to become a beekeeper. This second book, however, was a waste of money and a waste of time. The only thing The Mermaid Chair made me want to do was stop reading it.

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