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The Lovers

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"Vendela Vida has written a riveting and suspenseful novel about an American woman's voyage to self-discovery."
--Joyce Carol Oates



"Stunning. A masterful meditation on grief and love. The Lovers is a sensational novel from one of our finest writers at the height of her craft."
--Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries



In 2007, Vendela Vida's novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. With her new novel, The Lovers, former Kate Chopin Writing Award winner Vida tells a powerful and beautiful tale of a widow returning alone to the site of her honeymoon in Turkey, and her subsequent journeys through her past and her present.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 135 x 204 x 15mm | 177g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060828404
  • 9780060828400
  • 534,581

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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.

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. 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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"There's a certain genre in fiction; the 'woman traveling alone in foreign country when things start to go wrong' story...not every writer can capture...that sense of impending doom and suspense that is almost Graham Greenish. Vendela Vida has nailed it." (Rating: 5 out of 5)--Linda Grana, Bookbrowse.com
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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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