Sue Monk Kidd’s The Mermaid Chair follows Jessie Sullivan, a middle-age married woman rediscovering herself and her passions at her childhood home. There to care for her troubled mother, she falls for Brother Thomas, another unsatisfied soul. Jessie is forced to confront her father’s death, deal with her guilt, learn to forgive and be forgiven, and decide what life holds for her. Mostly, the story becomes a typical love-story, and the ending was fairly predictable. Unlike The Secret Life of Bees, a powerful theme is missing, and the characters are a bit forgettable. A nice story, but not much more.
Try The Mermaid Chair if you liked Sue Monk Kidd’s previous work The Secret Life of Bees.