March 17th, 2007


"The Mermaid Chair," by Sue Monk Kidd

I started this book a couple of years ago, and then put it aside for some reason. I finally decided to pick it up again this month (starting it from the beginning again).

A family emergency - her mother has injured herself - brings Jessie back to the small South Carolina island where she grew up, and where her father died when she was just a child. While trying to help her mother, she soon finds that maybe she needs help, too, in finding happiness in a life which has become stagnant. When she meets Brother Thomas, one of the monks at the local monastery, she finds herself experiencing feelings she'd thought she no longer possessed, and follows them into a voyage of self-discovery.

~The rest of this review contains SPOILERS~

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It was worth reading, though, even if it did bring up some uncomfortable feelings for me at times. Kidd is a great storyteller, and there was just enough mystical adventure about the book to make me feel transported to Egret Island while I was reading it. 7.5 stars/10
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