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The mermaid chair

Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny 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. Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been "molded to the smallest space possible." So when she is called home to cope with her mother's startling and enigmatic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Religious fiction
Love stories
Fiction
Romance fiction
Religious fiction. Love stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kidd, Sue Monk.
Mermaid chair.
New York : Viking, 2005
(OCoLC)607254624
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sue Monk Kidd
ISBN: 0670033944 9780670033942 0143036696 9780143036692
OCLC Number: 57068819
Description: xi, 335 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: "Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny 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. Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been 'molded to the smallest space possible.' So when she is called home to cope with her mother's startling and enigmatic act of violence, Jessie finds herself relieved to be apart from her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but on Egret Island--
amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks--she becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past, but most of all, as Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, she will find a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right"--Publisher's description.
Responsibility: Sue Monk Kidd.
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Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny 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. Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been "molded to the smallest space possible." So when she is called home to cope with her mother's startling and enigmatic act of violence, Jessie finds herself relieved to be apart from her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but on Egret Island-- amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks--she becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past, but most of all, as Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, she will find a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right.

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Feminine Spirit Crisis

by MegIrish (WorldCat user published 2006-09-26) Excellent Permalink
Kidd’s second novel is a journey of emotional, artistic, and spiritual self-inquiry. Middle-aged Jessie Sullivan must return to her childhood home due to the self-mutilation her mother Nelle, created by cutting off her finger. The early morning disorientation of the phone call from her mother’s best...
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