The Lovers

The Lovers

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From the acclaimed author of the 2007 "New York Times" Notable Book "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name" comes a stunning novel about the love between husbands and wives, mothers and children. Twenty-eight years ago, Peter and Yvonne honeymooned in the beautiful coastal village of DatCa, Turkey. Now Yvonne is a widow, her twin children grown. Hoping to immerse herself in memories of a happier time--as well as sand and sea--Yvonne returns to DatCa. But her plans for a restorative week in Turkey are quickly complicated. Instead of comforting her, her memories begin to trouble her. Her vacation rental's landlord and his bold, intriguing wife--who share a curious marital arrangement--become constant uninvited visitors, in and out of the house. Overwhelmed by the past and unexpectedly dislocated by the environment, Yvonne clings to a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a local boy who makes his living as a shell collector. With Ahmet as her guide, Yvonne gains new insight into the lives of her own adult children, and she finally begins to enjoy the shimmering sea and relaxed pace of the Turkish coast. But a devastating accident upends her delicate peace and throws her life into chaos--and her sense of self into turmoil. With the crystalline voice and psychological nuance for which her work has been so celebrated, Vendela Vida has crafted another unforgettable heroine in a stunningly beautiful and mysterious landscape.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0060828390
  • 9780060828394
  • 574,547

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"Haunting....Vida, a cofounder and coeditor of literary magazine The Believer, has a gift for probing the workings of memory."--Time Out New York
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1,533 ratings
3.2 out of 5 stars
5 9% (139)
4 28% (432)
3 41% (632)
2 18% (270)
1 4% (60)

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The Lovers on the surface is the story of Yvonne and her return trip to Turkey. Seeing the place through her eyes, it is the account of a traveler who notices little details in the house and the town. Yvonne's observations on her landlord and his formerly estranged wife draw you in. As Yvonne befriends the couple on a yacht and a young Turkish boy on the beach, these friendships reveal more about Yvonne's past and the complexity of her own life. Yvonne's trip to Turkey leads her to an introspection into her marriage, her family, and her life. It's complex, fascinating and sympathetic. ISBN-10: 0060828390 - Hardcover Publisher: Ecco; 1 edition (June 22, 2010), 240 pages. Review copy provided by the more
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