The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
Fiction; 335 pgs
From the Publisher:
Telling the story of Jessie Sullivan-a love story between a woman and a monk, a woman and her husband, and ultimately a woman and her own soul-Kidd charts a journey of awakening and self-discovery illuminated with a brilliance that only a writer of her ability could conjure.
Sue Monk Kidd’s first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, is one of my favorites. The prose and the story touched me in a way that so few books can. As a result, I was eager to try something else by Ms. Kidd.
Fellow reader friends gave mixed reviews of the novel, some liking it and others being disappointed. I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the very first page I was taken in, wanting to read more. From the very first chapter, I felt a spark of recognition with the main character, perhaps not her experience exactly, but a sense of understanding with her inner struggle to discover—or rediscover—who she is. I imagine we all go through it at least once throughout our lives, some people several times. The Mermaid Chair is a story of love, self-discovery, forgiveness, and truth. It is a story about revisiting the past, questioning the present and stepping into the future. The author’s imagination for creating the history of the places she writes about is fascinating, and I found myself enamored with the stories about the mermaid, Senara, and her rise to sainthood as well as the fictional Egret Island. There was not one character that I did not like. I finished this novel with tears in my eyes and an urge to give my husband a great big hug and remind him of just how much I love him.
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