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The Lovers by Vendela Vida

The Lovers: A Novel BY Vendela Vida. Ecco. Hardcover, 240 pages. $23.

The Mediterranean beach setting and amorous title may give the impression that Vendela Vida's new book, The Lovers, is a sexy vacation read. Not quite: There is a bit of romance, but it's just one of several kinds of love that are addressed in this novel, Vida's third.