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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (968 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vendela Vida Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9780061978661
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“Vendela Vida has written a riveting and suspenseful novel about an American woman’s voyage to self-discovery.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

 

“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

 

In 2007, Vendela Vida’s novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. With her new novel, The Lovers, former Kate Chopin Writing Award winner Vida tells a powerful and beautiful tale of a widow returning alone to the site of her honeymoon in Turkey, and her subsequent journeys through her past and her present.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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 

  • “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

  • “Quietly provocative, The Lovers explores the perils of self-involvement and the ease with which we destroy one another’s lives.” 

    People 

  • “A languorous meditation on how accidents of fate shape a life.” 

    Vogue 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/14/2014

    " Quick read, but I was really moved by this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 1/22/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book, since I loved my time in Turkey. However, I found the events unrealistic and couldn't get past this. The ending was preposterous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/18/2014

    " Simple and short. But, powerful - though I know many that might not agree with me.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/15/2014

    " This book is deceptively simple, gently incisive. Think Joanna Trollope meets Dostoyevsky. It is the story of a widow who grapples with her grief, the complexities of her relationships, her view of humanity through the veil of grief and her own fatalistic attitude, during a few days of vacationing in Turkey. It is an incredibly engrossing read that somehow manages to be a beach book and a profound book at the same time. Definitely the sort of book I'd love to write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/10/2014

    " I like Vendela Vida's style: lonely, remote travelogue with unexpected bits all over the place. The ending felt frantic and manic but everything before that was just the right amount of something interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/7/2014

    " The first half was well-paced, the second half seemed manic; suddenly she was spiraling out of control. I suppose it's like that joke about how the person went into bankruptcy: first slowly, then all at once. But I stopped enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tennille | 12/21/2013

    " This was a quick read and I found the cultural references very interesting. However, I was slightly disappointed with the ending but need to reflect on the significance more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 12/18/2013

    " Descriptive, tight prose. Affecting. Well written without being overbearing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joey | 12/14/2013

    " I started out liking this book but Yvonne really became annoying. The Turkish setting was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/11/2013

    " I was intrigued by the books setting in Turkey. There us an article in today's NYTimes Travel section (8/15/10). I wish they book was longer because I really loved the characters that I was introduced to. A great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MountainShelby | 5/24/2013

    " Well written and at times insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/21/2013

    " Her sparse use of words is elegant. I remained curious about what would happen right to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 janis | 2/19/2013

    " this started off so strong and then the ending felt rushed and disappointing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie | 12/10/2012

    " I kind of want this book to be over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/8/2012

    " thoroughly enjoyable. Almost more like a well-developed short story. Interesting look at being alone vs. loneliness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen | 6/12/2012

    " This book made me really anxious - the writing is lovely, but couldn't handle the sadness and suspense. Preferred "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 4/14/2012

    " After a promising beginning, this fizzled for me. I have difficulty being patient with intelligent characters who repeatedly make stupid decisions! I tired of Yvonne's passivity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fred | 4/29/2011

    " I just never became interested in any of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joey | 4/10/2011

    " I started out liking this book but Yvonne really became annoying. The Turkish setting was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 3/24/2011

    " I love this story. I love her writing. I don't even know what to say about it. Honest. And so lean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 3/18/2011

    " Above average. It wasn't earth shattering, but pretty engaging and a very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cinda | 2/11/2011

    " Nicely written book -- would read more of hers, ending a bit odd but enjoyed - quick, easy read and lovely descriptions of Turke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 1/24/2011

    " This book is beautifully written in a subtle, understated way that is both evocative and moving. I think I would have cried a couple of times if I hadn't been reading it in Starbucks. Vida captures her characters in unique detail and yet they somehow represent us all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/23/2011

    " Quick read, but I was really moved by this story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheri | 1/20/2011

    " Setting interesting. Main character not. End of story. Next! "

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About the Author
Author Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of five books including And Now You Can Go, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, and The Lovers. A founding editor of The Believer magazine, she lives in Northern California with her husband and two children. 

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.