Friday, March 14, 2008

Got Me A Good New Read!

So last night I was able to venture out to the bookstore and had a little 'me' time. I needed (believe it or not) coffee at Starbucks and I've been dying to get a hold of a new read (novel). So anyways, here is what I got and today in the midst of all the chores, I was able to start reading the first chapter.

Whew! this actually was an accomplishment on my part. I used to read novels a lot when I was single. But since mommyhood has overtaken my life, it has been a challenge to go back into reading. Hopefully this will be a good start again for me. :)

Anyways, I've heard of so many good things about this New York Times best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd. Looks like I'm going to love this new novel: The Mermaid Chair.

Here's a short description of this novel from the author's website:

The Mermaid Chair

Inside the abbey 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 is summoned home to the island to cope with her eccentric mother’s seemingly inexplicable act of violence, 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 who is soon 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 transpires will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past, but most of all, allow Jessie to make a marriage unto herself.

Where does the yearning for soul-mated love come from? When it comes to love, what are the pulls inside a woman between the ordinary and the sublime? The Mermaid Chair is a vividly imagined novel about mermaids and saints, about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body, brilliantly illuminating the awakening of a woman to her own deepest self.

Very interesting, huh?

If you're reading my blog and you've read this novel before, feel free to express what you think of it. Just don't say anything that will spoil the ending. ;)

1 Comment:

Preppy Mama said...

I read it and saw the made for tv movie about it. I really liked this book alot. I hope you enjoy it.