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July 2010 Indie Next List
“After the loss of her husband, Yvonne travels to Turkey to the town of her honeymoon years before. In trying to reconnect to the good parts of her marriage she ends up feeling lost and lonely, but through a series of mismatched friendships, she finds her way back to herself and her family. A beautifully written book.”
— Joni Ditzler, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
From the acclaimed author of the 2007 "New York Times" Notable Book "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name" comes a stunning novel about the love between husbands and wives, mothers and children.
Twenty-eight years ago, Peter and Yvonne honeymooned in the beautiful coastal village of DatCa, Turkey. Now Yvonne is a widow, her twin children grown. Hoping to immerse herself in memories of a happier time--as well as sand and sea--Yvonne returns to DatCa. But her plans for a restorative week in Turkey are quickly complicated. Instead of comforting her, her memories begin to trouble her.
Overwhelmed by the past and unexpectedly dislocated by the environment, Yvonne clings to a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a local boy who makes his living as a shell collector. But a devastating accident upends her delicate peace and throws her life into chaos--and her sense of self into turmoil.
With the crystalline voice and psychological nuance for which her work has been so celebrated, Vendela Vida has crafted another unforgettable heroine in a stunningly beautiful and mysterious landscape.