Identity. Vendela Vida is a very clever writer, and her novel titled The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, is a creative exploration of the theme of identity. The setup is that a traveler arrives in a foreign country and loses identifying documents. Written in the second person singular, an unusual voice that kept my attention, the ability to slip into a different identity was handled by Vida with great skill. The title comes from a Rumi poem. Readers interested in novels that explore questions about who we are will find a lot to enjoy in this short and finely written novel.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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