Vendela Vida

Cindy Seip

Vendela Vida is the author of six books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name and The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty. She is a founding editor of The Believer and co-editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews, as well as a founding board member of 826 Valencia, the San Francisco writing center for youth. In We Run the Tides: A Novel (Ecco), Vida has crafted an achingly beautiful story of female friendship and betrayal, set in the changing landscape of San Francisco. Walking to school in their foggy oceanside neighborhood, teenagers Eulabee and Maria Fabiola witness a horrible act. Or did they? The girls can’t agree on what happened, and their rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola’s sudden disappearance, which rocks their quiet community and exposes unspoken truths. Suspenseful and poignant, Tides is a masterful portrait of a place on the brink of radical transformation – mirrored by the changing lives of the teenage girls at its center – that speaks to innocence lost, the pain of too much freedom, and the struggle to find one’s authentic self.