Book Review of The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair
The Mermaid Chair
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Islad, 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. When Jessie is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother's seemingly inexplicabel act of violence, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but once there, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a mnd who is soon to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right and the immutable force of home and marriage.