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Powell's subscription club delivers the best new books, with special attention to independent publishers. Signed first editions. Inventive, original sets. Exclusive printings.... Every six to eight weeks, another installment to read and admire.

Plus, every package is stocked with exciting surprises!

Volume 53 (ships July 8)

Indiespensable, Volume 53: The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

Please note: Due to the popularity of Indiespensable, no subscriptions are available at this time. Check back in the coming weeks for limited opportunities to join the program.

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

by Vendela Vida

Subscribers receive:
* A signed first-edition of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty in a custom slipcase exclusive to Indiespensable
* A collectible booklet featuring the Powells.com interview and Indiespensable Q&A with Vendela Vida
* Other surprises!

Award-winning author Vendela Vida has often written about women in the midst of radical change — those who are questioning their identity and place within the world. As in her previous novels — And Now You Can Go, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, and The Lovers — her latest work, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, describes a woman undergoing a transformative experience. The premise of the novel intrigued us from the start. An unnamed woman traveling alone to Morocco is robbed of her passport and wallet shortly after arriving. She now has the opportunity to reinvent herself, which she does in part aided by a chance meeting with a famous American actress. The mysterious circumstances of the narrator's journey are slowly revealed throughout, ramping up the momentum and making this a book that is near-impossible to put down. Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins, gushes, "You will tear through Vendela Vida's The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, this wry, edgy, philosophical thriller, this love child of Albert Camus and Patricia Highsmith, this sly satire of Hollywood, this entertaining journey through the vast desert of identity and regret." Vida's novel is suspenseful, captivating, and inventive; we hope you enjoy The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty as much as we did.

Part glamorous travelogue, part slow-burn mystery, this full-bodied tale of a runaway is at once formally inventive and heartbreakingly familiar. (It’s also insanely funny.)” —Lena Dunham
A chilling tale about the gradual loss of identity — a novel of doubles, invisibility and lies, poised somewhere between a fever-dream and a suspenseful thriller….Vendela Vida perfectly captures what it feels like to be unreal, especially to oneself, and grasping at roles in order to survive.” —Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?
Vendela Vida has written a truly original novel, a work of art that shines with Bunuelian play and cruelty. You will be driven to read this novel compulsively, and then you will have the same strange sly smile that I do, now." —Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers


Previous Indiespensable installments:

Indiespensable #50

All My Puny Sorrows

All My Puny Sorrows

by Miriam Toews

"[A] masterful, original investigation into love, loss and survival." Kirkus (Starred Review)

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  1. How We Assembled Indiespensable #50

    Renowned Canadian author Miriam Toews is a perennial favorite here at Powell's — so much so that for our landmark 50th volume of Indiespensable, we welcomed the idea of featuring her for a second time — a first in the subscription program's history. All My Puny Sorrows is Toews's most... Continue »

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  1. Questions about your subscription? Simply email us at indiespensable@powells.com. You can count on a personal response within one business day.

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