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S 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 Sullivan a love story between a woman and a m terrible Middle life crisis dribble It was like gargling salt water Somos chicos de menta (Tomo 5) in her luminous new novel Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans Telling the story of Jessie Sullivan a love story between a woman and a m terrible Middle life crisis dribble It was like gargling salt water

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Onk a woman and her husband and ultimately a woman and her own soul Kidd charts a journey of awakening and self discovery illuminated with a brilliance that only a writer of her ability could conjur I bought this book when I went with my mother to go hear Sue Monk Kidd speak Let me tell you she speaks as elouently as she writes She s also just as witty After hearing her speak I realized that a lot of her personality comes through in her writing Her amazing writingShe spoke of how she felt The Mermaid Chair was going to be often compared to The Secret Life of Bees and maybe wouldn t be able to live up to the high praise it s earned so far She also worried about the characters being too similar I don t think Sue has anything to worry about The only thing the two books have in common is the author s writing a beautiful flowing and engaging styleI think I like Sue s style so much because it has the right amount of description for things her dialogue is realistic and when you think about it her stories seem so outlandish but when reading it you can see it actually happening Her writing is also very elouent and deep but fun and witty at the same timeThere are no characters in The Mermaid Chair that are reminiscent of any in The Secret Life of Bees and specifically what Kidd was worried about was people might roll there eyes at another pack of strong female characters taking presidence in the book I didn t and don t see any problem in that We need as many strong literary female characters as we can get And these women that you grow to love are as strong as they comeThe way the love story was written out was also so wonderful You find yourself feeling for Jessie s dilemna of being in love with two men Kidd doesn t write it so you re leaning towards one man over the other well you may be but it s honestly hard to choose because both men are so likeable and good looking and genuinely care for Jessie And though Hugh is the only one painted as having any flaws they re pointed out to us by Jessie who after twenty years of marriage has come to find some things he does annoying which she later comes to realize and we know are endearingPersonally I liked The Secret Life of Bees over The Mermaid Chair because I just found that one interesting but The Mermaid Chair was just as engaging and well written as it s predecessor It s really up to you to choose which one you like better The Mermaid Chair definitely holds it s own

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An alternate cover edition exists hereSue Monk Kidd's phenomenal debut The Secret Life of Bees became a runaway bestseller that is still on the New York Times bestseller list than two years after it I did not like this book That s not entirely accurate I loved the religious themes that ran through this book I loved the stories of growing up on an island I loved the Mermaid aspect of this storySo why the rating of did not like I m really tired of stories where the lead character decides they need to drastically change their life Then they run off through either some decision they consciously make or through some twist of fate as in this case to find themselves While finding themselves they find surprise a new love interest At this point they find themselves madly and inexplicably in LOVE with someone they met 10 minutes ago They decide to walk away from a secure albeit bland life and a stable albeit ordinary loverspouse who has given them a lifelong commitmentAfter making the decision to leave the said stable relationship the lead character always and I mean ALWAYS manages to convince themselves and the reader that it isn t just lust that draws them into this new relationship oh no it s TRUE LOVE This new person is the person they were meant to be withSo they plunge into this new relationship often without ending the first one with great bliss Headlong into the great unknown Romping around rolling in the hay having a grand ole time convinced they are in love and life will be like this for the rest of their days Nothing could be better Nothing could end this bliss This is what life is meant to beAnd thenyep Then another plot twist either separates the two new lovers or throws the lead character back into the path of the stable relationshipAnd lo and beholdit turns out the new relationship isn t all that great And the first relationship is what they really need Smacks head loudlyd ohAnd now our beloved lead character leaves the new found love and goes back to the first loveAnd they live happily ever afterI m really tired of authors using this deviceplot Really tired of it I feel it cheapens the importance of marriage or a committed relationship and makes the lead character typically a woman look naive and well let s be honest like an idiot Okaythat s overly harsh It makes the woman look less than insightful at best Let s call a spade a spade The lead character wanted to have a steamy affair with their new found love interest And they felt guilty because they were already married So they convinced themselves that they were at a point in their life where they needed to change and they found this amazing new person who could love who they now are Why not just admit they want to have an affair and damn the conseuences At least have the decency to be honest with themselves and the reader about it Sigh Time to step off my soap boxI suppose this book hit me at just the wrong moment There were parts I loved But the overall plot frustrates me It presents a stereo type of women that doesn t sit well with me It is possible to find yourself while still honoring your commitments and keeping your integrity intact And that s a plot line I d like to see of


10 thoughts on “The Mermaid Chair

  1. says:

    I did not like this book That’s not entirely accurate I loved the religious themes that ran through this book I loved the stories of growing up on an island I loved the Mermaid aspect of this storySo why the rating of “did not like” I’m really tired of stories where the lead character decides they need to drastic

  2. says:

    This book is so corny it will pass straight through you undigested

  3. says:

    Read this book as it was a selection for my book club Although I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Life Of Bees by the same w

  4. says:

    After glancing over the goodreads reviews of this book and seeing how negative they were I was expecting to dislike or simply feel apathy for this book But I really loved it surprisingly so I enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees but I didn't connect to the characters as much as I connected to Jessie in this story This book tackles a difficult subject how can you fall in love with someone else while still married to a wonderful man who hasn't

  5. says:

    Very disapp

  6. says:

    terrible Middle life crisis dribble It was like gargling salt water

  7. says:

    I bought this book when I went with my mother to go hear Sue Monk Kidd speak Let me tell you she speaks as elouently as she writes She's also just as witty After hearing her speak I realized that a lot of her personality comes through in her writing Her amazing writingShe spoke of how she felt The Mermaid Chair was going to be of

  8. says:

    NONOGive me a break There is NOT love at first sight LUSTNot love Whatever That just pisses me off and sets a pissy tone for the rest of the bookBored woman goes to take care of crazy mom on island that is full of monks Woman sees monk says oh I'm in love he's part of my soul Monk sees woman and decides he's in love had nothing to do with not getting any for several years They screw like rabbits she decides to stay with her husb

  9. says:

    The main character in this book just seemed like a whiner to me Boo hoo my husband won't let me be myself Ummm let's see is it his job to let you be yourself or was that your job all your life while he was supporting the family so you could putz around decorating your lovely Victorian house and messing with your little collages that never go anywhere I found nothing wrong with her husband He seemed like an i

  10. says:

    I loved this book but reading most of the reviews it seems like most people hated this book I do think The Secret Life of Bees was better I enjoyed the characters and storyline in Bees so than The Mermaid Chair The main character of Jessie drove me crazy sometimes because as everyone thinks she could be so selfish someti

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