Friday, September 04, 2015
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
This slim little novel is so fast paced, I almost finished it in a day. Told entirely in second person, Vida's narrator has her laptop and identification stolen while checking in to a hotel in Morocco. After some wrangling with the local police, she accepts another woman's ID and thus begins a series of events, new names and personalities so entangled it will leave "you" wondering who "you" are. The unusual title of the book comes from a Rumi poem. I listened to an interview with Vendetta Vida, who is Dave Eggers' wife, and she said the book was prompted by a similar experience that she had with a stolen laptop that contained an unfinished manuscript. She also said second person narration was the only way she could tell this story. I was hooked from the opening scene and laughed aloud at the last line. Highly recommend!