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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

by Vendela Vida

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Thriller and Suspense

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty Synopsis

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. Though the police investigate, the woman senses an undercurrent of complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities - she knows she'll never recover her possessions. Stripped of her identity, she feels burdened by the crime yet strangely liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone she chooses. A chance encounter with a movie producer leads to a job posing as a stand-in for a well-known film star. The star reels her in deeper, though, and soon she's inhabiting the actress's skin off set, too - going deeper into the Casablancan night and further from herself. And so continues a strange and breathtaking journey full of unexpected turns, an adventure in which the woman finds herself moving further and further away from the person she once was.

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty Press Reviews

'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

'A thriller-taut story of a crisis of identity and opportunity, full of lies, shadows and subterfuge.' Psychologies

'An intoxicatingly strange quest for anonymity... What emerges from this shifting, uncertain terrain is a novel of sublime unease and delicious bewilderment. You are not yourself, and it is wonderful.' Guardian

'Ms Vida's novel portrays with cool wit and suspense the explosive emancipation of a woman who is finally empowered to grab some warmth, drama, magic for herself.' International New York Times

'[An] intimate and understated tale...powerful and empowering, thanks to the author's innate skill.' The Big Issue

'Very funny... The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty is also moving, clever and bright as a button.' Independent on Sunday

'Full of surprises, it demands to be read in one go.' Good Housekeeping

'This enigmatic psychological thriller...puts the reader squarely in the shoes of the protagonist, making this already taut mystery thriller an even more intense read.' Scotsman

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ISBN: 9781782397717
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782397717
Publication date: 7th July 2016
Author: Vendela Vida
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida is the author of the acclaimed novels 'And Now You Can Go' and 'Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name'. She is a founding editor of The Believer magazine, and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and children.

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