The Mermaid Chair

by Sue Monk Kidd | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0755330943 Global Overview for this book
Registered by notnot of Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on 4/17/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by notnot from Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag fylke Norway on Saturday, April 17, 2010
From Publishers Weekly:
"Starred Review. Jessie Sullivan, the protagonist of this rewarding second novel by the author of the bestselling Secret Life of Bees, is awakened by a shrilling phone late one night to horrifying news: her mother, who has never recovered from her husband Joe's death 33 years earlier, has chopped off her own finger with a cleaver. Frantic with worry, and apprehensive at the thought of returning to the small island where she grew up in the shadow of her beloved father's death and her mother's fanatical Catholicism, 42-year-old Jessie gets on the next plane, leaving behind her psychiatrist husband, Hugh, and college-age daughter, Dee. On tiny Egret Island, off the coast of South Carolina, Jessie tries to care for her mother, Nelle, who is not particularly eager to be taken care of. Jessie gets help from Nelle's best friends, feisty shopkeeper Kat and Hepzibah, a dignified chronicler of slave history. To complicate matters, Jessie finds herself strangely relieved to be free of a husband she loves—and wildly attracted to Brother Thomas, né Whit O'Conner, a junior monk at the island's secluded Benedictine monastery. Confusing as the present may be, the past is rearing its head, and Jessie, who has never understood why her mother is still distraught by Joe's death, begins to suspect that she's keeping a terrible secret. Writing from the perspective of conflicted, discontented Jessie, Kidd achieves a bold intensity and complexity that wasn't possible in The Secret Life of Bees, narrated by teenage Lily. Jessie's efforts to cope with marital stagnation; Whit's crisis of faith; and Nelle's tormented reckoning with the past will resonate with many readers. This emotionally rich novel, full of sultry, magical descriptions of life in the South, is sure to be another hit for Kidd."

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Journal Entry 3 by Vilda from Stockholm, Södermanland Sweden on Monday, April 26, 2010
Thank you so much! What a lovely surprise!

Journal Entry 4 by Vilda at Stockholm, Södermanland Sweden on Sunday, August 13, 2017
Finally I got to reading this. It was at pleasant read but not a novel that will linger with me the way some do. Thank you again fot the opportunity.

Journal Entry 5 by Vilda at Stockholm, Södermanland Sweden on Monday, September 10, 2018

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