ThereвЂ™s a good chance that the title of Salley VickersвЂ™ book DANCING BACKWARDS refers to a quote once made about Ginger Rogers: вЂњRemember Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.вЂќ The quote implies that females have a harder role in life, and that certainly fits widow Violet Hetherington–a talented woman who gave up writing poetry years earlier.
Vendela VidaвЂ™s relatively short novel, THE LOVERS, packs a big wallop. It is a multi-layered story about Yvonne, a widow, who returns to Turkey where she and her husband once honeymooned. She believes that by returning to the same place where they had been together early in her marriage, she will feel closer to him. Her husband Peter was recently killed in a hit and run car accident in their hometown of Burlington, Vermont. Yvonne has rented a large home, sight unseen, for a couple of weeks until she is scheduled to meet up with her son and daughter and their partners on a boating trip.