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“I have not found another book to compare with this book. It is my all-time favorite book. The Mermaid Chair follows Jessie Sullivan through her mid-life crisis. It comes at a time when her daughter is in college and she begins to question herself.
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“What a huge disappointment.
“Bees is better. ”The Library Princess wrote this review Friday, April 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“OK Tired theme of woman in unsatisfying marriage leaves husb and finds self. Nice imagery of mermaids, diving deep, etc.”Carolyn M wrote this review Monday, February 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I bought this book because of the author and her prior book. I was so disappointed. So typical. Woman has affair with a priest. Her husband finally forgives her. End of story...blah, blah blah!!”Melvina Raschke wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took me a bit to get into this book, but I ended up enjoying it and would recommend it. It is an interesting story about personal growth.”Jenna C wrote this review Tuesday, January 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good story”Shari wrote this review Saturday, December 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hated this book. One of the few I consciously decided I did not need to finish. The definition of self-conscious writing. ”Karen G wrote this review Thursday, December 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“having an affair with a monk is a thing that a woman (secretly) wants.”Maya Kawai (????) wrote this review Thursday, February 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting story about a few women who cover up a death of a father of a young girl who is now married and with a college age daughter of her own. Her father had a serious diease, like his own father, when this girl was very young. She had given her dad a pipe on his birthday and always thought it was that pipe that caused his boat to explode. A long drawn out story that takes this woman on a journey back to her youth and her mother's strangeness in cutting off her own fingers. A lot of unreal religeous connotations. The woman goes home to take care of her mother after cutting off her finger. She meets a young monk at the nearby monestery and they end up having an affair. He hasn't taken his final vows yet and has come there after the tragic accident that killed his young wife and unborn child. They fall in love and she is estranged from her husband. It's a real mess for all and kind of muddled. A story that leaves a person first enjoying the story and then trying to figure out the strangeness of it all. The woman finally goes back to her husband and the monk leaves the abbey and goes back to pick up the pieces of his life, too. I was glued to it for hours until I finished it, but it was such a waste of time when I could have been washing dishes or cleaning!”Elfinity wrote this review Thursday, October 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good. I appreciated the author's insights into Jessie's mid-life awakening but had a problem believing the whole back story about the father's death; the whole death-at-sea thing was more convoluted than it needed to be, I think.”Trish wrote this review Saturday, September 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No