The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.

Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062110916
Branch Call Number: FICTION VID
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 29, 2018

It is very unusual to find a novel that is narrated by the protagonist written in second person. I think this was an effective tool the author used to draw the reader in. I felt nervous for the main character throughout the novel with periodic breaks in the tension. It was elegantly shorter than most novels which was another impressive feature. I look forward to reading more by this author! Hope the library will acquire more of Ms. Vidas books.

Jan 25, 2017

I've never read anything at all similar to this book. To say I couldn't put it down is just simply true. Highly recommended.

Jan 10, 2017

This was a strange read... I loved it, and it's certainly beautiful in its way. It's a worthwhile read, but know that this is NOT some soft travel memoir type book. The narration combined with the plot leaves you feeling surprisingly uncomfortable, as though something really dark could happen at any moment. It almost reads like a film; as soon as I finished it, I looked it up to see if it was being turned into a film (not yet).

Jul 14, 2016

Fun and intriguing ride.

May 21, 2016

interesting storyline

May 08, 2016

I read this so it could not be terrible. It was light, not too long, easy to read, some interesting description of a movie set, not much involvement of the Casablanca setting and not as humorous to me as the cover suggests.

Apr 11, 2016

This book is a hilarious page turner. Reading it in the second person gives it an unexpected dimension.
The protagonist's story turns into an insane adventure.

As I approached the ending, I was wishing it wouldn't end, or that there might be a sequel.

If they make an audio version, I hope that Ms Vida will narrate it. She has lovely voice.

Jan 16, 2016

A woman lost in Casablanca and in time. This story is like a dream.

Nov 23, 2015

I did enjoy this story. It is such an apt title for the book. It is probably the first time I've read a book written in the second-person narrative.
A woman goes to Casablanca, she is robbed of her full identity but she manages to stay & be whoever she feels like being. It is like a new start. The author is witty & a bit quirky. She tells a story without getting bogged down. Fresh is the word I'd use to describe this book.

Sep 06, 2015

Vida’s books are always original, and although they often are not my favorite story, the novel remains with me long after I’ve read the book. Her writing style varies from book to book. In this the story is told via second person, which adds to the creepiness of this story about a woman who loses all her credit cards and passport to a thief in Casablanca, Morocco. She’s given the still working credit cards and passport of another woman and finds herself as the double for the star in a US film being shot in Morocco. I found her story uncomfortable, compelling reading and reason she is in Morocco is tragic. I’m still left wondering what happened to her. The ending is open, unsettling end to an unsettling story.

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