The Mermaid Chair -- Sue Monk Kidd
Again, with the wonderful opening sentence:
In the middle of my marriage, when I was above all Hugh's wife and Dee's mother, one of the unambiguous women with no desire to disturb the universe, I fell in love with a Benedictine monk.
If you've read Secret Life of Bees, you'll know just from the first line that The Mermaid Chair is completely different. I'm curious to know what the huge SLoB fans will think.
I loved it. So read it and let me know. Lauren, as the resident SLoB fanatic, this means you. And, Sarah, judging by your last journal entry, you might want to read it as well.