Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

A woman travels alone from Florida to Casablanca, Morocco. Immediately on the plane she is paranoid, sad and lonely.You read on. You know something is wrong. You really want to find out why this nameless character is fleeing from her life, her friends, her family, everything she knows. And it reads like this because this novel is written in second person, of which I have personally only comfortably enjoyed once before (A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan). This woman is so deeply shaken by the turn of events her life has taken she just wants to run far away and disappear. She stumbles from one ridiculous, but totally possible, situation to another. It is comical in the darkest sense. She literally loses herself. Her backpack is stolen and she is completely stripped of her identity, which is frightening but in the most unique set of circumstances gives her the opportunity to overcome her misery and start over with a clean slate. The background for this novel is exotic and intoxicating and the writing is pure poetry. This is a surprisingly easy and quick read and any hesitation to read a novel in second person quickly disseminated. If you want to read something truly unique, I highly recommend The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty.

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