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Publisher Description

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.

Fiction & Literature
June 2

Customer Reviews

Nightingale10549 ,

Wanted more

Interesting concept. Enjoyed what was there... But I was left wanting more. I'm sorry I didn't pay attention to the small number of pages.

Writekid ,

Gone so soon

It was a really good read. But I was shocked when it suddenly ended! It's a very short book and the story does not end. It needs one more third of the story told and rapped up


Danstreet ,

Absolutely love it

I was touched by the scene she cried in the film. The story was familiar yet new. She is good at describing women's mind. Absolutely love the book because I'm still thinking about it from time to time months after reading it.

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