The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

This book has spent zero time on our library shelves since being released, due to the popularity of Kidd's other may have heard of it...The Secret Life of Bees.

I really loved this book, and tore through it in less than a day. It's very different from her other fiction title, and has a few people up in arms - the main character falls in love with a Benedictine monk.

The story takes place in the low country of the Carolinas, and Kidd weaves in the geography, family conflicts, first and last loves, and an exploration of self. Her writing is simple but evocative, and though I read it quickly, I missed the main character when it was over.

Highly, highly recommended - as I sure many book groups already have!