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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’ skin off the 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part glamorous travelogue, part slow-burn mystery, this full-bodied tale of a runaway is at once formally inventive and heartbreakingly familiar. (It’s also insanely funny.)”

    Lena Dunham, New York Times bestselling author and film producer

  • “You will tear through Vendela Vida’s The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, this wry, edgy, philosophical thriller, this love child of Albert Camus and Patricia Highsmith, this sly satire of Hollywood, this entertaining journey through the vast desert of identity and regret.”

    Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Vida gives the icy landscape and eerie, forbidding beauty and her writing has…great emotional acuity.”

    New Yorker

  • “Vida is a subtle writer whose voice is spare and authoritative…[and] she can fashion characters as unpredictable as they are endearing .”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “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

  • “Written in the second person, the novel invites the reader to experience the protagonist’s separation firsthand…The result is an emotional and formally clever exploration of identity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This arresting audiobook is written in the second person, which could be wearying but is beautifully handled here…Xe Sands gives a fine, if laconic, narration of the text, as if seeking to add to ‘your’ traumatized numbness.”


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About the Author
Author Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida is the author of And Now You Can Go and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, both of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. She is a founding coeditor of The Believer Magazine, and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers.