The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

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From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name comes a taut, spellbinding literary thriller that probes the essence and malleability of identity

In Vendela Vida's taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport--all of her money and identification. Stripped of her identity, she feels burdened by the crime yet strangely liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone she wants to be.

Told with vibrant, lush detail and a wicked sense of humor, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is part literary mystery, part psychological thriller--an unforgettable novel that explores free will, power, and a woman's right to choose not her past, perhaps not her present, but certainly her future. This is Vendela Vida's most assured and ambitious novel yet.

"Part glamorous travelogue, part slow-burn mystery, this full-bodied tale of a runaway is at once formally inventive and heartbreakingly familiar. (It's also insanely funny.)"--Lena Dunham

"[Vida's] finest book....With its echoes of Hitchcock and Highsmith, this novel is full of darting pleasures."--New York Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 15mm | 136g
  • Ecco Press
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062110942
  • 9780062110947
  • 2,096,480

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-The novel packs a wallop, taking the themes of Camus and Kierkegaard and transplanting them into a story with the pace and intrigue of a page-turner... A speedy and suspenseful fish-out-of-water tale with a slyly philosophical bent.---Kirkus
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194 ratings
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4 32% (63)
3 34% (66)
2 12% (24)
1 4% (8)
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