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The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel
by Vendela Vida

Published: 2015-06-02
Hardcover : 224 pages
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From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers 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 ...

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From the acclaimed author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Lovers 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. 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.

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.

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Do you see the protagonist as creative in dealing with situations as they arose or mentally unbalanced for creating them?
How hard would it be to adopt a new identity? (for example, if you were in a witness protection program)
What things about your identity would be the most difficult to change?
by SamKelley (see profile) 02/17/16

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  "The Divers Clothes Lie Empty"by MaryJacobs (see profile) 04/19/16

Fun, fast read about a young thirty-something woman who goes on a solo adventure to Morocco to escape her recent painful past. The book is written in the second person referring to the protagonist as "you",... (read more)

 
  "Perception is Everything"by SamKelley (see profile) 02/17/16

For me, this book was a romp through the improbable made possible. For others, it was an description of the adventures of a possibly mentally ill woman. Half of didn't like the book at all and the other... (read more)

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