The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair

eBook - 2006
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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."
Publisher: New York Penguin Group US 2006
ISBN: 9781101201039
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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I just loved this book, and couldnt put it down! Its even been made into a movie!!

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singasong70
Nov 27, 2015

Pagan start to finish with crosses, vows not kept, symbols, mutilation to appease God (?!) nor did I like the characters or find them believable either. The mother's a nut-job start to finish nor is the ending believable either. Everybody wants to know God but nobody thinks to opens a Bible other than extract a verse here and there, taken out of context I might add. Says it's fiction and I certainly found it that! (Made up out of whole cloth that is.)

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hildesanders
Aug 20, 2015

The Mermaid Chair is beautifully written. Sue Monk Kidd is the only writer where I have been able to complete a book of seduction. I was sure i was about to read another book of christian fiction so i was a little shocked. This is definately up there with The Piano, a controversial movie if i ever saw one!

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behere
Feb 14, 2015

This is a great read for understanding what a middle-aged woman goes through when being attracted to someone other than her husband.

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4Kathleen
Jun 23, 2014

I really loved The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings, but I didn't like this one at all. I did not find the characters likeable or engaging and there was too much new-age spiritual psychobabble. A big disappointment from an authour I have otherwise enjoyed reading.

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NicoleBZ
Aug 27, 2013

J'ai autant aimé que The secret life of bees. Drame du coeur. Devenir amoureuse d'un autre homme. Choisir entre deux existences avec tout ce que ça comporte de renoncement, de sentiment de culpabilité. Un retournement dans sa vie. Je pense à cette phrase dans une chanson de Nicole Martin "Quand le coeur nous mène ailleurs, il faut bien suivre". C'est làle drame. Choisir entre deux biens...

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JKS5645
Nov 23, 2012

Characters draw you in, but the story moves slowly and I kept anticipating the "secret". Interesting, but not great.

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vebwatson
Aug 13, 2012

This is a story about how one's past can affect their future. I thought this was a nice story of friendship, finding ourselves and secrets. I thought this was a fun read.

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jalyth
Mar 05, 2011

I didn't like any of the characters. I sorta kept hoping they'd be overrun with zombies and eaten.

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lisahiggs
May 16, 2010

When I found this book in the clearance section of Chapters and got my friend to pick it up for me with her employee discount, I thought I’d scored a major bargain. I loved the author’s first book, The Secret Life Of Bees – it made me want to become a beekeeper. This second book, however, was a waste of money and a waste of time. The only thing The Mermaid Chair made me want to do was stop reading it.

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