The Lovers

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Product Details

Price
$13.99
Publisher
Ecco Press
Publish Date
Pages
240
Dimensions
5.33 X 8.02 X 0.59 inches | 0.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780060828400

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About the Author

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of six books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. Her new novel, We Run the Tides, will be published by Ecco on February 9, 2021. She is a founding editor of The Believer and coeditor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. She was a founding board member of 826 Valencia, the San Francisco writing center for youth, and lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Reviews

"A languorous meditation on how accidents of fate shape a life."--Vogue
"A brilliant, topsy-turvy, twenty-first-century variation on E. M. Forster's A PASSAGE TO INDIA...Vida creates an atmosphere at once molten and chilling as she deftly exposes the wounding reverberations of timeless conflicts between men and women, parents and children, East and West, appearance and truth."--Booklist
"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
"A beautiful, complex journey....Ideal for book clubs...it's filled with rich, luminous prose, and its deceptively delicate plot and pacing provide ample topics for discussion." (Rating: 5 out of 5)--Carrie LaGree, Bookbrowse.com
"Vida's work becomes clearer and more sophisticated with every book she writes; and THE LOVERS is her best and most disturbing novel yet."--San Francisco Chronicle
"[Vida's] third novel is further evidence that she can fashion characters as unpredictable as they are endearing...[THE LOVERS] is a satisfying, often brilliant portrait of a woman searching for relief from things that will not, she discovers at last with something like acceptance, go away."--New York Times Book Review
"THE LOVERS pulls you out to sea with a masterful hypnosis. I was so enthralled by the grief, the sticky and sandy details, and especially the perfect articulation of feminine self-awareness that I didn't realize how deep in I was. I read the last page with a tearful gasp."--Miranda July, author of NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU
"[Vida] has an eye for understated details that leap from the page and linger in the soul...Vida deftly weaves the power of description into the broader tapestry of Yvonne's journey...THE LOVERS, slim and transportive, is an invitation to join Yvonne on her journey. It's worth the trip."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A wise and generous book."--Aleksandar Hemon, author of National Book Award Finalist THE LAZARUS PROJECT
"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
"Vendela Vida's The Lovers is a spare and haunting meditation on how travel can bring us full circle back to the place from which we should have started. I read it over two days and dreamed about it the second night."--Francine Prose, author of GOLDENGROVE
"Haunting....Vida, a cofounder and coeditor of literary magazine The Believer, has a gift for probing the workings of memory."--Time Out New York
"Quietly provocative, The Lovers explores the perils of self-involvement and the ease with which we destroy one another's lives."--People
"THE LOVERS is somber, seductive, reflective, unsettling. All our lives are journeys...[and] hopefully, we shed some of our ignorance along the way. Vida writes--so beautifully!-- about this process."--Washington Post
"Vida is an elegant, droll writer who gets the strangeness and self-consciousness of traveling alone just right....[THE LOVERS] deserves a place right up there beside [Marguerite Duras's THE LOVER], for it too is a slender and necessary book of great depth and reach."--Vanity Fair
"A captivating account of a woman seeking escape and discovering emotional clarity...THE LOVERS is both a meditation on grieving and a gripping page-turner."--The Daily Beast
"Vida's rich imagery and deep, skillful dives into tangled emotions will keep you riveted."--Daily Candy Chicago
"Vida shows she's supremely talented at tracing the drifts of memory and emotion that course through a person...clear, simple prose...An elegant consideration of how death and distance tightens human connections--a big theme that Vida addresses with sure-footedness and charm."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Vendela Vida writes with elegance and economy. In this engrossing novel, she has managed to combine a stingingly acute portrait of grief, a moving meditation on love (both filial and romantic) and a page-turning adventure.--ZoΓ« Heller, author of The Believers