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The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair

by Sue Monk Kidd
Paperback
Publication Date: 07/03/2006
 
A transcendent tale of a woman's self-discovery--the New York Times-bestselling second work of fiction by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on 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.

When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother's seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life "molded to the smallest space possible." Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right, and with the immutable force of home and marriage.

Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie's life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.
ISBN:
9780143036692
9780143036692
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
07-03-2006
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Putnam Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
335
Dimensions (mm):
196x132x17mm
Weight:
0.24kg
Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd's first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, spent 2.5 years on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. The Mermaid Chair and The Invention of Wings each went to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and stayed on the list for many months. The Secret Life of Bees was long-listed for the Orange Prize (now the Women's Prize for Fiction), and was turned into an award-winning film.

Sue is also the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including the New York Times bestseller Travelling With Pomegranates, co-written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. Sue lives in North Carolina with her husband Sandy.

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