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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:
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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.” 


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


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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