Author(s): Vendela Vida
Set against the intense heat of a Turkish summer, "The Lovers" is the stunning new novel by Vendela Vida, "the hottest young writer in US fiction" ("Guardian"). Yvonne, recently widowed, returns to the coastal village in Turkey where she and her husband honeymooned twenty-eight years ago. She hopes to find comfort in the warm sand, brilliant sea, and memories of a better time in her life. Initially overwhelmed by her past, Yvonne clings to a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a young Turkish boy who sells shells at the local beach. With the boy as her guide, Yvonne beings to relax and enjoy the Turkish coast. But when a terrible accident throws her life into chaos, her own sense of self is suddenly thrown into turmoil. With the crystalline voice, mordant humour, and depth of feeling for which her work has been so celebrated, Vendela Vida has crafted another unforgettable heroine in a beautiful and mysterious landscape. This title is suitable for fans of Nicole Krauss, Victoria Hislop, Sadie Jones, Zoe Heller, Maggie O'Farrell, Louise Doughty, and Helen Garner.
"'A stingingly acute portrait of grief, a moving meditation on love and a page-turning adventure.' Zoe Heller, author of The Believers"
Vendela Vida is the author of the acclaimed novels And Now You Can Go (Cape, 2001) and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name (Atlantic, 2007). 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.