The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair

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By (author) Sue Monk Kidd


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The No. 1 New York Times bestseller - 'Highly charged...full of sexual and spiritual desire. Every bit as moving and convincing as The Secret Life of Bees' Mirror In her forties, and married for half her life, Jessie Sullivan honestly believes that she is happy. She has a lovely home, a dependable husband and an accomplished and adored teenage daughter. But when shocking news about her mother compels Jessie to visit the island where she grew up, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a Benedictine monk on the verge of taking his final vows. Amidst the seductive beauty of the South Carolina salt marshes, Jessie is torn between powerful new longings and her enduring marriage. After all these years she is finally beginning to understand who she really is and where she belongs. But she has still to discover how much of her old life has a place in the new one.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 299.37g
  • 06 Mar 2006
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • London
  • 0755307631
  • 9780755307630
  • 31,413

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Sue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, THE MERMAID CHAIR and THE INVENTION OF WINGS. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs, including the New York Times bestseller TRAVELLING WITH POMEGRANATES, written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.

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'Sex, an eccentric cast and flashes of the black humour lighten a mid-life meditation on the nature of love, loss and redemption' Scotsman Book clubs, start your engines... [The Mermaid Chair] is a tapestry strengthened by bonds between women that bridge pain and loss USA Today Her writing is so smart and sharp, she gives new life to old midlife crises, and she draws connections from the feminine to the divine to the erotic that a lesser writer wouldn't see, and might not have the guts to follow Time Emotionally rich... full of sultry, magical descriptions of life in the South... sure to be another hit for Kidd Publishers Weekly Compelling reading... The writing is soulful in its probing of the human heart and family secrets San Francisco Chronicle It's hard to put this book down for little things like sleeping and eating Elle

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