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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

An achingly beautiful story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance set in the changing landscape of San Francisco

Teenage Eulabee and her magnetic best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy oceanside San Francisco neighborhood. They know Sea Cliff's homes and beaches, its hidden corners and eccentric characters—as well as the upscale all-girls' school they attend. One day, walking to school with friends, they witness a horrible act—or do they? Eulabee and Maria Fabiola vehemently disagree on what happened, and their rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola's sudden disappearance—a potential kidnapping that shakes the quiet community and threatens to expose unspoken truths.

Suspenseful and poignant, We Run the Tides is Vendela Vida's masterful portrait of an inimitable place on the brink of radical transformation. Pre–tech boom San Francisco finds its mirror in the changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of this story of innocence lost, the pain of too much freedom, and the struggle to find one's authentic self. Told with a gimlet eye and great warmth, We Run the Tides is both a gripping mystery and a tribute to the wonders of youth, in all its beauty and confusion.

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Teenage Eulabee and her magnetic best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy oceanside San Francisco neighborhood. They know Sea Cliff's homes and beaches, its hidden corners and eccentric characters—as well as the upscale all-girls' school they attend. One day, walking to school with friends, they witness a horrible act—or do they? Eulabee and Maria Fabiola vehemently disagree on what happened, and their rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola's sudden disappearance—a potential kidnapping that shakes the quiet community and threatens to expose unspoken truths.

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER

An achingly beautiful story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance set in the changing landscape of San Francisco

Teenage Eulabee and her magnetic best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, their foggy oceanside San Francisco neighborhood. They know Sea Cliff's homes and beaches, its hidden corners and eccentric characters—as well as the upscale all-girls' school they attend. One day, walking to school with friends, they witness a horrible act—or do they? Eulabee and Maria Fabiola vehemently disagree on what happened, and their rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola's sudden disappearance—a potential kidnapping that shakes the quiet community and threatens to expose unspoken truths.

Suspenseful and poignant, We Run the Tides is Vendela Vida's masterful portrait of an inimitable place on the brink of radical transformation. Pre–tech boom San Francisco finds its mirror in the changing lives of the teenage girls at the center of this story of innocence lost, the pain of too much freedom, and the struggle to find one's authentic self. Told with a gimlet eye and great warmth, We Run the Tides is both a gripping mystery and a tribute to the wonders of youth, in all its beauty and confusion.

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      • source: Lisa Halliday, author of Asymmetry
      • content: "The dreamy yearning and turmoil of youth are evoked here so vividly as to seem supernaturally conjured. However long ago you were a teenager, We Run the Tides will bring the quandaries and sensations right back. Vendela Vida has written a novel of absorbing, exquisite economy and percipience. She has also written an intimate allegory of our unraveling tether to truth."
      • premium: False
      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "[A] perceptive tale of losing innocence and finding one's true self. As consistently surprising as it is hauntingly resonant (not to mention often very funny), Vida'smchronicle of female friendship is a fast, addictive read."
      • premium: False
      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: "Exhilarating, maddening, thoroughly entertaining novel...irresistible voice...With its tangible, tactile details peppered throughout and super-smart, quirky Eulabee at it's helm, We Run the Tides is deceptively sweet—and as addictive as candy."
      • premium: False
      • source: Danzy Senna, author of New People
      • content: "The girls in this book are everything, all of us: shape-shifters and outcasts, predators and prey, they lean into and away from the world that claims to know them. Vendela Vida is an astoundingly good writer and the ideas she's wrestling with in these pages—about sexuality and seeing, storytelling and identity—are profound."
      • premium: False
      • source: Nick Hornby
      • content: "We Run the Tides is smart, perceptive, elegant, sad, surprising and addictive. And it's also FUNNY. Who knew that you could combine all of those qualities into one slim volume? Not many writers, that's for sure. I loved every single page, and was sorry when I had to say goodbye to Eulabee and her family."
      • premium: False
      • source: Los Angeles Review of Books
      • content: "Vida populates her stories with liars, runaways, the reckless — those most adept at reconfiguring their appearances, those caught in the process of becoming. She is excellent at writing teenagers, who try on and discard identities as quickly as the days pass. . . . A nod to Edith Wharton. . . . Detailed and vibrant . . . As much a novel of girlhood vulnerability as it is a story fortification and fear."
      • premium: False
      • source: O, the Oprah Magazine
      • content: "Set in a pre-tech boom San Francisco that feels moody, foreboding, and magical, this enigmatic tale of adolescent friendship, a disappearance, and coming-of-age is smart, sly, and as knowing about the mind and heart of a teenage girl as an Elena Ferrante novel."
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Times Book Review
      • content: "Vida captures the unstable sensation of early adolescent reality, that period teetering between childhood and young adulthood in which outlandish lies can seem weirdly plausible and basic facts totally alien...the affectionate specificity of the portrait she offers is one of the book's real pleasures...Vida's San Francisco is ramshackle and eccentric, home to heiresses but also tide pools of counterculture backwash."
      • premium: False
      • source: Tom Stoppard 
      • content: "I didn't want it to end."
      • premium: False
      • source: Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes
      • content: "The young narrator of Vendela Vida's new novel is cast out of her friend crew (For what? For nothing) at the moment she and the girls around her are just beginning to understand the power they hold, and how to wield it. There's violence lurking here, but also humor (it's funny!), also love. This is one of the best novels about girlhood and female friendship I've ever read."
      • premium: False
      • source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      • content: "In We Run the Tides, author Vendela Vida has crafted a coming-of-age tale replete with friendship, sexuality and a good dose of mystery. Vida's writing shines as she captures this exciting, vulnerable and sometimes worrisome time when a girl is puzzling out her position in the world, who she wants to be, and how that fits with the person others have decided she already is."
      • premium: False
      • source: Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
      • content: "The year is probably too young to make this kind of pronouncement, but the new novel I know I'm going to be rereading in...
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      • source: Kirkus
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        November 1, 2020
        A novel of youth and not-quite-innocence set in 1980s California, where teenage loyalties are tested by the disappearance of one girl and the growing suspicion, on the part of her best friend, that an elaborate deception may have been perpetrated. Thirteen-year-old Eulabee, "a very good student with a sinister side," and her best friend, Maria Fabiola, a precocious beauty, are as lucky as any California girls can be. Living in the wealthy enclave of Sea Cliff with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge (though Eulabee's family is not rich), they attend the exclusive Spragg School for Girls and are renowned for their daring ability to scale the local cliffs and to read the treacherous ocean tides. They also know "where the boys live" in their neighborhood, though the danger at the heart of the novel resides elsewhere. "Separately we are good girls," Eulabee explains, "together...we are trouble." Innocent trouble, that is, of the teenage variety involving drugs (negligible), alcohol (purveyed by bad boys), and lying to parents and teachers. The first shadow to fall on this breezy narrative is that of a parked car noticed by the girls one morning on their way to school. The driver asks them the time, they answer and walk on, but Maria Fabiola insists, "He was touching himself...and he said he's going to find us later!" Eulabee, who says she didn't see this happen, is branded a traitor at school (and later a "slut" for being mauled at a party). Then Maria Fabiola goes missing. Two more apparent disappearances follow, one all too real. The narrative darkens, and Eulabee's impulse to uncover the truth behind the initial event both increases her isolation and, ironically, intensifies the tabloid drama. "The newspapers called what happened the Sea Cliff Seizures, and the name stuck," she reflects decades later when a chance meeting in 2019 sheds new light on the distant affair. That final chapter, in its compressed elegance and psychological subtlety, also hints at the novel that might have been. An engaging if somewhat flat teenage narrative of an apparent abduction and a dissolving friendship.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        November 16, 2020
        Vida spins a spirited if uneven coming-of-age yarn around a girl’s disappearance in 1984 San Francisco. Eulabee, 13, is growing up in Sea Cliff, where she and her charismatic best friend, Maria Fabiola, along with their friends Julia and Faith, attend an elite all-girls school and know the neighborhood front and back. One day, while Eulabee is on the way to Faith’s house with the other three girls before school, a man in a white car asks her for the time. Differing accounts of what happened next cause a schism between Eulabee and Maria Fabiola, but shortly after, Maria Fabiola disappears. In Maria Fabiola’s absence, Eulabee becomes friendly with skateboarder Keith, and even gets up the nerve to invite him to a Psychedelic Furs concert. Their friendship eventually leads to a tragic denouement for all concerned, as more kids go missing and the truth finally comes out. Despite a bountiful final section set in 2019, in which Eulabee confronts her memories and the characters’ fates come full circle, the various threads don’t quite cohere. At its best, the novel channels the girlish effervescence of Nora Johnson’s The World of Henry Orient while updating Cyra McFadden’s classic satire The Serial, but it’s not quite enough to fully satisfy. Agent: Nicole Aragi, Aragi, Inc.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        December 15, 2020
        "I am a daring enigma," states precocious, 13-year-old Eulabee as she gives us a tour of mid-1980s Sea Cliff, a tony San Francisco neighborhood with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, celebrities, houses with dark histories, fog, and a steep, rocky promontory separating two beaches that Eulabee and her best friend, Maria Fabiola, know how to scurry across between high tides. Eulabee's family is not wealthy. Her city native father owns a gallery, her Swedish mother is a nurse, but Eulabee attends the nearby all-girls' private school, biding her time with teachers lacking her level of mordant and mischievous intelligence. She relies on her friends, but tectonic forces shift when Maria suddenly turns alarmingly beautiful, and Eulabee, possessed of audacious integrity, refuses to go along with Maria's increasingly dangerous fabrications. Eulabee is ostracized; Maria disappears. Intently observant, acidly funny, stoic, and smart, Eulabee is an incandescent creation, and Vida (The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, 2015), whose polished and incisive prose is in the Didion mode, inflects this droll and sensitive coming-of-age tale, a cool match for Claire Messud's The Burning Girl (2017), with eviscerating social commentary. A nimble and arresting drama about the spell cast by beauty, the compulsion to lie, the valor of forthrightness, and the inevitability of the inexplicable.

        COPYRIGHT(2020) Booklist, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: School Library Journal
      • content:

        February 1, 2021

        Gr 9 Up-Eulabee's life in San Francisco in the mid-1980s is pleasant since she and her eighth-grade girlfriends are free to wander and explore Sea Cliff and the nearby beach. They all walk together to their private girls' school, where they do well. One day on the way to school, Eulabee's best friend claims she saw a dangerous man sitting in a car. Two of the girls agree with the story, but Eulabee says she saw nothing. This act sets in motion a chain of events that gets out of control. The author describes the feelings and thoughts of 13-year-olds quite well during that fateful school year. Teens will relate to Eulabee's problems in a stressful situation. The final chapter skips ahead to 2019 when the girls are in their 50s, and readers learn what happened to them as adults-an interesting and satisfying conclusion. Eulabee's mother is Swedish and the other girls are also cued as white. VERDICT This relatable novel is recommended for high school and public library collections.-Karlan Sick, formerly at New York P.L.

        Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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