Friday Morning Bookclub

February 26, 2011

The Mermaid Chair By Sue Monk Kidd

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Mermaid Chair — susanbright @ 4:28 pm

Although it is rarely good news when the phone rings at 5:04 am, Jessie Sullivan was not at all concerned. She was confident that it was one of her husband’s patients calling, “probably the paranoid schizophrenic who had phoned the night before concerned that the CIA had him cornered in a federal building in downtown Atlanta.” But this call was for her and it was not good news. Her mother had cut off her finger with a meat cleaver and it was no accident.

After dropping the phone and retching over the toilet, Jessie agreed to go to Egret Island a small barrier Island off the coast of South Carolina,  to care for her tormented mother, who she had not seen for over 5 years.  It was only after she agreed to go that she realized how relieved she actually was to be getting away from her  life with Hugh, the husband with whom she had been married to for over 20 years and shared a teenage daughter with.

Jessie had grown up on the island, in a house next door to a Benedictine monastery complete with Monks. As a child she had played in the monastery chapel  as well as  in the surrounding gardens. Jessie and her brother loved to sit on the mermaid chair in the chapel, a chair with arms carved in the shape of two-winged mermaids  It was in the garden that she first laid eyes on Brother Thomas, a tall man in a long robe and cowl. It was instant love (or lust)  and that is where I started having a problem with the book. It was  one of those times that I considered flipping to the last pages of the book. I needed to know if Jessie ended up destroying her marriage to Hugh, who seemed to be a wonderful husband for a monk that she barely knew and who had dedicated his life to God. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her husband! I restrained myself and did not look ahead, but read eagerly, anxious to see what happened.

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of The Secret Life of Bees, a best seller that was made into a movie starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah as well as a book club favorite. The Mermaid Chair  does not compare to The Secret Life of Bees, however it is a quick, entertaining  read.  It has a little of everything in it: love, lust, infidelity, guilt, midlife crisis, secrets and more.


1 Comment »

  1. I enjoyed The Mermaid Chair.

    Comment by ilene gold — February 28, 2011 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

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