Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

My review
rating: 4 of 5 stars
32. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was moving spiritually without being fanatical (although there are fanatics in the book). Simple and beautiful writing.

Pub. Date: April 2005

Synopsis: 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.

Recommended Reading:
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

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