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A dazzling novel of passion and spiritualitythe instant blockbuster bestseller from the author of "The Secret Life of Bees" Sue Monk Kidds phenomenal debut, "The Secret Life of Bees," became a runaway bestseller that is still on the "New York Times" bestseller list more than two years after its 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 Sullivana love story between a woman and a monk, a woman and her husband, and ultimately a woman and her own soulKidd charts a journey of awakening and self-discovery illuminated with a brilliance that only a writer of her ability could conjure.

  • ISBN-13: 9780143036692
  • ISBN-10: 0143036696
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: March 2006
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.18 x 0.68 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.52 pounds
  • Page Count: 368
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP

The Mermaid Chair

Sue Monk Kidd's follow-up to her bestseller, The Secret Life of Bees, is a poignant and beautifully composed novel about a woman's transformative experience at middle age. Atlanta housewife Jessie Sullivan finds herself face to face with the past when a strange family emergency occurs. After her mother, Nellie, cuts off her own finger, Jessie leaves her husband and daughter in Georgia to look after her. Traveling to Egret Island off the South Carolina coast, where she grew up, Jessie tends to Nellie, who—33 years after the fact—is still haunted by the death of her husband. On Egret Island, Jessie begins to reconsider her life, from her marriage to the staid, sensible Hugh, to her growing need for independence. Personal fulfillment becomes an issue for Jessie when she meets Brother Thomas, a gentle lawyer who has decided to become a Benedictine monk. Jessie finds herself increasingly attracted to Thomas, and as her time on Egret Island progresses, it becomes a search for identity and fulfillment, a spiritual quest that changes her life forever. Kidd writes with sensitivity and insight about family, marriage and the female quest for satisfaction. She also skillfully weaves elements of religion and myth into the novel, to produce a work that's especially rich and mature.

A reading group guide is included in the book.