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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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From the acclaimed author of the 2007 New York Times Notable Book Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name comes a stunning novel about the love between husbands and wives, mothers and children.

Twenty-eight years ago, Peter and Yvonne honeymooned in the beautiful coastal village of DatÇa, Turkey. Now Yvonne is a widow, her twin children grown. Hoping to immerse herself in memories of a happier time—as well as sand and sea—Yvonne returns to DatÇa. But her plans for a restorative week in Turkey are quickly complicated. Instead of comforting her, her memories begin to trouble her. Her vacation rental's landlord and his bold, intriguing wife—who share a curious marital arrangement—become constant uninvited visitors, in and out of the house.

Overwhelmed by the past and unexpectedly dislocated by the environment, Yvonne clings to a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a local boy who makes his living as a shell collector. With Ahmet as her guide, Yvonne gains new insight into the lives of her own adult children, and she finally begins to enjoy the shimmering sea and relaxed pace of the Turkish coast. But a devastating accident upends her delicate peace and throws her life into chaos—and her sense of self into turmoil.

With the crystalline voice and psychological nuance for which her work has been so celebrated, Vendela Vida has crafted another unforgettable heroine in a stunningly beautiful and mysterious landscape.

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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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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.