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The Mermaid Chair

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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." So when she is called home to co
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 6th 2007 (first published January 1st 2004)
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Spudsie
Jul 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Spudsie by: 2008 SRL
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 up on an island, I loved the Mermaid aspect of this story.

So why the rating of “did not like?” I’m really tired of stories where the lead character decides they need to drastically change their life. Then they run off through either some decision they consciously make or through some twist of fate (as in this case) to “find” themselves. While finding the
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Kirk
Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is so corny it will pass straight through you, undigested.
Ashley
May 29, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
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. T
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Erin
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
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 Jes ...more
Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : The Mermaid Chair - Nevisande : Sue Monk Kidd - ISBN : 143036696 - ISBN13 : 9780143036692 - Dar 368 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2004
Carol
Jul 28, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who believe in love at first sight
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 readable...an 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 glance after which both proclaimed being in love. And if you can't b ...more
Sammy
May 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-the-best
I bought this book when I went with my mother to go hear Sue Monk Kidd speak. Let me tell you, she speaks as eloquently 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 writing.

She 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 far. She also worried about the characters being
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Carrie
Nov 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
terrible. Middle-life crisis dribble. It was like gargling salt water.
Books Ring Mah Bell
Aug 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poop
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Kathryn Bashaar
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 job to "let" you be yourself, or was that your job all your life while he was supporting the family so you could putz around decorating your lovely victorian house and messing with your little collages that never go anywhere? I found nothing wrong with her husband. He seemed like an intelligent, sensitive guy, and the minute he lets her out of his sight she bo ...more
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SUE MONK KIDD was raised in the small town of Sylvester, Georgia. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1970 and later took creative writing courses at Emory University and Anderson College, as well as studying at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and other writers’ conferences. In her forties, Kidd turned her attention to writing fiction, winning the South Carolina Fellowship in Literature and the
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