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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel | Vendela Vida
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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 identityIn 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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Sha0102
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Expected a lot more from this book.... Too simple story with no deepthness. I really believed in the reviews and they were not so accurate. But the title is wonderful. #TheDiversClothesLieEmpty #VendelaVida #book #bookaholic #booklovers #ler #leitura #leitora #reading #instabook #instaread #instabooks #bookstagram #litsy #booklover #readingabook #amreading #books #Sha2019 #

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phyhill
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I'm really confused about how I missed this when it came out. I've read all of Vendela Vida's other novels and am a huge fan. I'm about halfway through this one and it's not letting me down.

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

This is the second book of this author that I have read, this one is set in Morocco. The main character is in Casablanca and the reason you only learn towards the end of the novel. She gets her personal belongings stolen and gets a job in a movie company. It is definitely an interesting book! Plus this cover is rather cool! #books #bookcovers #bluebooks #lovetoread #bookmad #bookworm #bookcrazy

RaimeyGallant I'm intrigued. 1y
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MEGR
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Pickpick

What would you do if you were traveling alone in a foreign country and your passport and credit cards were stolen? This was an intriguing read. Suspenseful, heartbreaking and empowering all in one.

laurencjay Oh I like this premise !! 2y
TheBookStacker I really enjoyed this. The second person narrative was a bit jarring at first but once you get into the rhythm it didn't really bother me anymore. 2y
MEGR @TheBookStacker yes! The rhythm was everything in this book! At one point I looked to see where the chapter ended and that's when I realized it was all about the rhythm. 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! A woman travels to Casablanca on mysterious business. At her motel, she's robbed and her identification's stolen. There seems to be complicity between the police and hotel staff. Stripped of her identity, she feels liberated to take up a new identity. A chance encounter with a film crew leads to her being the body-double for a reclusive celebrity. A lush novel exploring identity, freedom, & power. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one! And it's written in 2nd person (which some readers like and some detest), but here it works as it really puts you in the head of the main character. 👍 2y
Sha0102 This is in my wishlist foreverrrr!!! 2y
Moonpa This is a good one - 2nd person done well! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 This sounds great!! 2y
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Billypar
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#itsmylife and maybe under the right circumstances if I lost my ID and money in a foreign country and had the chance I would opt to become someone else too. Or not...fun to think about though. #rockinmay @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Hmmmm🤔never thought about that what if..... 2y
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Oryx
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#rainbowstack #whereareallthepurplebooks #riotgrams Anyone else tempted to arrange their books by color after this prompt?

britt_brooke Lovely! 🌈 2y
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KiskyLuella
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Pickpick

I raced through this short novel and so wish there was more. I am not one for thrillers, but Vida's talent is palpable in the control she is able to maintain over her story while moving at a compulsively page turning pace. The neurotic unraveling of identity and the heartbreaking reveal of the inciting incident that lead the protagonist to Casablanca place this as a strong recommendation for me.

Booktrovert I love Vendela Vida's books haven't got to this one yet, but have really adored her previous ones. 3y
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Ubookquitous
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Fascinating story about who we are, how mutable the idea of self is... And perhaps how close insanity lies...

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catatonic1242
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I completely agree with whoever wrote this in the back of my library copy - a strange little book, indeed! Still, it was a fast and intriguing read. Even if it wasn't as "deep" as I longed for it to be, I still enjoyed it.

autumnprivett How cool that your library does that! 3y
catatonic1242 @autumnprivett Actually, I've never seen this before, but I had to intralibrary loan this one! 3y
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catatonic1242
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#libraryproblems When all your holds come in at the same time, what do you read next??!?

Megabooks The Diver's Clothes is a quick read and will knock one off fast. I'd do that! 3y
catatonic1242 @Ebooksandcooks Awesome! I think you might have been the reason I put that one on hold! 3y
Megabooks Yay! 3y
catatonic1242 @Ebooksandcooks BTW, it *was* a quick read. I got it done between naps on my plane rides today! 3y
Megabooks Fantastic! It really gets you off to a good start to finish one. Cheers to more reading! 3y
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Megabooks
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4🌟 I had forgotten the heartbreaking reason behind her trip to Morocco. Great book written entirely in the second person. Props to Vida! Losing all your documents is every traveler's worst nightmare, and Vida handles it in such an interesting way. Glad I chose this for unreliable narrators week!

BookishFeminist I enjoyed this book as well! Such an interesting plot structure. 3y
overlyattachedreader I really liked this one too! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I enjoyed this one too! And liked the second person POV 3y
tpixie Talk about a travel adventure! 2nd person point of view was very interesting. 3y
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Megabooks
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This is part of throwback/unreliable narrators week. I seem to remember it fitting the bill. The more obvious choice would be Delicious Foods, but I don't know if I can have my heart broken that badly right now! 😓

LauraJ This book wasn't what I expected, but I really enjoyed it. 3y
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tpixie
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Prepping for my book clubs! #Thedivers clotheslieempty. #Theaccidentalalchemist

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Amyegia
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Pickpick

Super fun!! Finished it in about a day.

shawnmooney I just bought it for about five bucks in a used bookstore here in Tokyo. 3y
Amyegia Awesome! I hope you like it. 3y
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Lola
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In this slim read-in-one-sitting gem, you (the story is told in second person, which the author does very well) find yourself alone.Your passport and wallet are gone. Who are you?Who were you?What are you going to do next?Luck, good & bad, questions of identity and self, chance and choice=great read

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MostlyString

It's like most piers at night - there's a strange mix of efficiency and menace, as though someone's being deposited in the ocean, but will be first wrapped carefully in white sheets.

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