The Mermaid Chair : Sue Monk Kidd's stunning debut, "The Secret Life of Bees, spent 77 weeks on "The New York Times bestseller list, selling more than 3 million copies and transforming Kidd into a genuine literary star. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans and cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today. Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been "molded to the smallest space possible." But when she is called home to tiny Egret Island and meets Brother Thomas, a monk who is soon to take his final vows, she discovers a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right. Also on the island is a beautiful and mysterious chair that is dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was first a mermaid. Is its power only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie's life? "The Mermaid Chair vividly illuminates a woman's awakening with a brilliance and power that only a writer of Kidd's ability could conjure.