The back story: I am a huge fan of Vendela Vida, and when I first heard about her new novel, the advance praise alone had me longing for it. Thankfully, I got a copy from the publisher via Book Browse.
The basics: Yvonne is a middle-aged widow with two grown children who decides to travel alone to Datca, Turkey.
The verdict: I savored every word of the novel's 240 pages. Vida does a masterful job of showing the reader how even an intelligent, self-aware and honest character, does not really see what is going on around her. Yvonne's slow admissions of her back story made me realize the better I knew her, the less well she understood herself. I loved Yvonne, and I loved the descriptions of marriage, parenting, teaching and travel. Overall: it's my favorite read of 2010 so far.
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5 stars)
Publication date: June 22, 2010 (pre-order it from Amazon.com)
Source: I received this book from the publisher
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