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S paperback publication Now in her luminous new novel Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans Telling the story of Jessie Sullivan a love story between a woman and a m. After glancing over the goodreads reviews of this book and seeing how negative they were I was expecting to dislike or simply feel apathy for this book But I really loved it surprisingly so I enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees but I didn t connect to the characters as much as I connected to Jessie in this story This book tackles a difficult subject how can you fall in love with someone else while still married to a wonderful man who hasn t changed The goodreads complaints were that Jessie has no reason to fall for another man her husband is seemingly perfect and she s just selfish and awful for not wanting him But I loved the gray areas of the story and I didn t find myself able to judge her easily and I m pretty judgmental The story is this Middle aged artist and housewife Jessie returns to her childhood home off the coast of South Carolina to care for her aging and depressed mother She has avoided home because of the sad memories she has of her father being killed in an accident when Jessie was a child and she blames herself for his death While there she falls for a Benedictine monk who turns Jessie s life upside down Kidd writes beautifully and I read this faster than a lot of other recent novels I thought she explained but never excused Jessie s confused emotions and behaviors realistically nothing is ever black and white even love Especially love And what she and the reader realizes at the end is how much she has closed herself off from her mother her husband and especially herself I was touched by the character s honesty and her humanity and I thought it was a beautiful story of how a person has to sink to the very bottom before they can climb their way back to the surface

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The Mermaid Chair

Onk 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 conjur. NONOGive me a break There is NOT love at first sight LUSTNot love Whatever That just pisses me off and sets a pissy tone for the rest of the bookBored woman goes to take care of crazy mom on island that is full of monks Woman sees monk says oh I m in love he s part of my soul Monk sees woman and decides he s in love had nothing to do with not getting any for several years They screw like rabbits she decides to stay with her husband and he decides not to take his final vows Oh and mom reveals reason for dad s death no longer crazyblah blah blahSorry this is a craptastic review but the whole love at first sight stuff got me all grouchy

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An alternate cover edition exists hereSue Monk Kidd's phenomenal debut The Secret Life of Bees became a runaway bestseller that is still on the New York Times bestseller list than two years after it. Read this book as it was a selection for my book club Although I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Life Of Bees by the same writer I found this book to be a far different sort of read In Bees while I enjoyed the plot it was the characters that I found myself hooked to In The Mermaid Chair I found the plot to be only mildly entertaining and the characters lacking in development The main character I found to be whiny annoying selfish and someone I just couldn t connect to on any level The other characters Whit Nelle Hepzibah Kat and Benne left me disappointed as well although I did like them than the protagonist The latter characters had the potential for being interesting and moving but still we weren t really allowed to connect to them as the reader as we didn t get to see them enough Whit Brother Thomas was the most developed of them all in that you got to see his turmoil over his decision to enter to monestary but the others were left 2 dimentional The narration also bothered me The protagonist was the only character presented to us in the first person The other narrator s perspectives Whit and Hugh were told in the 3rd person This errked me in that I feel I MAY have been able to connect a little with the protagonist s plight had the narration been 3rd person Being 1st she came across as I stated above whiny annoying and selfish If anyone wants my copy of the book they are welcome to it It s not one I will recommend to anyone and certainly one I won t reread in the future


10 thoughts on “The Mermaid Chair

  1. says:

    I did not like this book That’s not entirely accurate I loved the religious themes that ran through this book I loved the stories of growing

  2. says:

    This book is so corny it will pass straight through you undigested

  3. says:

    Read this book as it was a selection for my book club Although I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Life Of Bees by the same writer I found this book to be a far different sort of read In Bees while I enjoyed the plot it was the characters that I found myself hooked to In The Mermaid Chair I found the plot to be onl

  4. says:

    After glancing over the goodreads reviews of this book and seeing how negative they were I was expecting to dislike or simply feel apathy for this book But I really loved it surprisingly so I enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees but I didn't connec

  5. says:

    Very disappointed in this book since I loved The Secret Life of Bees The best thing I can say about it is that it is highly readablean easy summer read I believe in lust at first site a spark that makes you want to get to know someone etc No matter how hard I tried I could not wrap myself around the decision of a woman to leave a husband of 20 years and a monk to turn his back on the monastery on the basis of a first g

  6. says:

    terrible Middle life crisis dribble It was like gargling salt water

  7. says:

    I bought this book when I went with my mother to go hear Sue Monk Kidd speak Let me tell you she speaks as elouently as she writes She's also just as witty After hearing her speak I realized that a lot of her personality comes through in her writing Her amazing writingShe spoke of how she felt The Mermaid Chair was going to be often compared to The Secret Life of Bees and maybe wouldn't be able to live up to the high praise it's earned so

  8. says:

    NONOGive me a break There is NOT love at first sight LUSTNot love Whatever That just pisses me off and sets a pissy tone for the rest of the bookBored woman goes to take care of crazy mom on island that is full of monks Woman sees monk says oh I'm in love he's part of my soul Monk sees woman and decides he's in love had nothing to do with not getting any for several years They screw like rabbits she decides to

  9. says:

    The main character in this book just seemed like a whiner to me Boo hoo my husband won't let me be myself Ummm let's see is it his jo

  10. says:

    I loved this book but reading most of the reviews it seems like most people hated this book I do think The Secret Life of Bees was better I enjoyed the characters and storyline in Bees so than The Mermaid Chair The main character of Jessie drove me crazy sometimes because as everyone thinks she could be so selfi