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Review: 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty' by Vendela Vida

Review: 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty' by Vendela Vida

Vendela Vida began building a micro-genre all her own with 2003's "And Now You Can Go," a novel about a young woman struggling to make sense of a brutal encounter with a gun-toting stranger. Vida's next two novels, "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name" and "The Lovers," poked further into the role of trauma in shaping women's identities, completing what she once called a trilogy of "violence and rage." Dark theme, light execution: none of them exceeds 250 pages, with dryly observant female protagonists as funny as they are clinical, and they often double as travel novels. Vida's fourth novel, "The Diver's Clothes Lie...

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