The Mermaid Chair

  • by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by Eliza Foss
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sue Monk Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, became a best-selling phenomenon and a modern classic. Now, in her luminous new novel, Kidd has woven a tale that will cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today.Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a mysterious chair 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 mother's inexplicable act of violence, she is living with her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is soon to take his final vows.Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie's life? What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past and it will allow Jessie to make a marriage unto herself.The Mermaid Chair is a vividly imagined novel about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body. It illuminates the awakening of a woman to her own deepest self with a brilliance and power that only a writer of Kidd's ability could conjure.


What the Critics Say

"Kidd's second offering is just as gracefully written as her first and possesses an equally compelling story." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This emotionally rich novel, full of sultry, magical descriptions of life in the South, is sure to be another hit for Kidd." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Having just finished Sue Monk Kidd?s, THE MERMAID CHAIR, I find the need to voice my feelings about this profoundly wise, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable book. Ms Kidd has again created a vivid world of ordinary characters whose emotions contain the complex, extraordinary meaning of our daily lives. Her prose permits the reader to divine the very soul of her characters.

Ms Kidd?s is a special gift I hope she will share with her readers again soon.
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- Louis Buckley

Nothing Like

I was really looking forward to this book after having enjoyed "The Secret Life of Bees." That's why I gave "The Mermaid Chair" more than the benefit of the doubt, forcing myself to slog through chapter after chapter of leaden, meaningless scenes and dialogue featuring a bizarre old woman who cuts off her finger and a cast of other characters devoid of personality. I must admit that I finally quit listening, so I don't really know if the book picked up steam at the end. Janet Maslin of The New York Times didn't seem to think so in her recent review of this book. I just wish I'd read her review before buying it.
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- Elizabeth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio