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Publisher Description

The New York Times–bestselling second book by the author of The Secret Life of Bees and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings  

Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.

When Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable behavior, she is living a conventional life with her husband, Hugh, a life “molded to the smallest space possible.” Jessie loves Hugh, but once on the island, she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk about to take his final vows. Amid a rich community of unforgettable island women and the exotic beauty of marshlands, tidal creeks, and majestic egrets, Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, with a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right and the immutable force of home and marriage.

Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie’s life? What happens will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, it will allow Jessie to comes discover selfhood and a place of belonging as she explores the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2005
April 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

GG Grammy ,

The mermaid chair

I loved this book! Along with the story is a mystery I attempted to solve on my on. My hunches were always wrong. Read and enjoy; you will try to solve it too!

AnnyOkley ,

The Mermaid Chair

I have a love/hate relationship with this book!
I have read it it thoroughly through 3 times over the years & have never given my copy away yet!
I love the writing, love the story, & love & hate the characters!! Having said that, I know I will read it again, & love it again! Don’t deprive yourself of this wonderful complex story of the power of love!

Akkimmer ,

The mermaid chair

A wonderful tale of lost and found.

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