Need a good cry? Pick up a copy of Vendela Vida’s The Lovers. The talented novelist takes a dark look into the life of Yvonne, a widow, and her search for repair and meaning. Vida’s rich imagery and deep, skillful dives into tangled emotions will keep you riveted.
One year after her husband is killed, Yvonne travels to Datça, a tiny town in Southern Turkey where the couple honeymooned 26 years prior. Her attempt to gain closure leaves her instead feeling alienated and confused, and she wonders why she made the trip at all.
A friendship quickly forms between Yvonne and a young Turkish boy named Ahmet. Like a child, she clings to him until an accident hurls her life back into disarray. She takes yet another journey, this time fueled by her need to quell others’ pain. What she discovers (the strength of family, the importance of vulnerability) is heartbreaking and enlightening — and worth every tear.
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