We gave it an A-
In Vendela Vida’s third novel, The Lovers, a middle-aged woman, grieving over the death of her husband, returns to the village in Turkey where they honeymooned. Yvonne, both dignified and terrifically vulnerable, makes for a moving companion throughout this dreamy story of reawakening. Vida has a cinematic flair for storytelling. Of the desiccated town to which Yvonne returns, she writes, “It had been looted by tide and tourists and the scalding sun that robbed boats of their color.” The character wrestles with her many identities — widow, woman, teacher, mother — as she struggles to see herself with clarity. It’s a novel that demands a movie version starring Meryl Streep. A?