The Mermaid Chair

Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd


Jessie Sullivan has been married half her life, and has become accustomed to her role. But when she returns to the isolated island she grew up on to establish why her mother has been behaving oddly, she is to find a lot more than she came looking for. A loving, exuberant character, who believes herself to be happy, she has forgotten a hidden part of her spirit - the part represented by the beautiful, vibrant and legendary mermaid carved on a chair in the island's monastery. When Jessie falls passionately in love with a monk who is close to taking his final vows, she discovers a place in herself that she had never previously imagined could exist. THE MERMAID CHAIR is the story of a woman trying to save her outgrown life - the roles, identities, securities and illusions she had created for herself - before finally emerging as something far more alive and powerful.


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A powerful and emotionally charged story about a woman's struggle to reconcile different loves and different parts of her spirit

From the author of The Secret Life of Bees, comes as astonishing story that is as magical as it is realistic. The lead character Jessie is torn between two men, which may not be an everyday problem, but Kidd sucks you in and makes you believe in the characters and their lives. There is a twist at the end you will not want to miss.

Elisa, Book Grocer

'Sex,an eccentric cast andflashes of the black humourlighten a mid-lifemeditation on the nature of love, loss and redemption' -- Scotsman 20060409

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of two widely acclaimed memoirs, THE DANCE OF THE DISSIDENT DAUGHTER and WHEN THE HEART WAITS. Her fiction has appeared in several literary journals. She lives beside a salt marsh in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband.

General Fields

  • : 9780755307630
  • : Headline Publishing Group
  • : Headline Review
  • : 0.29
  • : January 2006
  • : 199mm X 130mm X 29mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sue Monk Kidd
  • : Paperback
  • : 01
  • : 416
  • : Modern fiction