Book Review on We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida

I finished my review of Vendela Vida’s entry, The Diver’s Clothes Lie, in 2015, and I was glad she had a Backlist to explore. Needless to say, there were too many bright and shiny new books on the way, so I was happy when we passed the tides by the mailbox. Vida’s new novel is set in an affluent neighborhood in San Francisco in the 1980s and follows four young girls through the summer who will shape them for life.

We tried to remain modest, but we were heroes all four of us are good friends, they go to the Spragg school for girls, preferred by their wealthy parents, but it is Eulabee and Maria Fabiola who are inseparable, walking through the sea cliffs as if they owned it, often scratched themselves. One day in 1984, on their way to school, they discover a man in a white car, a stranger whom Maria Fabiola says touches himself while looking at them. Eulabee does not see this and clings to her story when each of them is interviewed by the police, while Julia and Faith prefer the version of Maria Fabiola. Eulabee feels disowned, her previously happy life unravels as the invitations are withdrawn and The Silent whistles of disparaging remarks accompany her through the corridors of the school, notably by Maria Fabiola.

Then Maria Fabiola disappears apparently kidnapped and returns on Christmas Day wrapped in a blanket. One evening, Eulabee, convinced that she caused an accident, flees to the shelter that her ballet teacher offers in matter she and Maria Fabiola need it and appears the subject of a second disappearance. By the end of the summer, Eulabee will have reassessed her friendship with Maria Fabiola, but another disappearance will cast a dark shadow over her entire life this summer.

That’s what happened. I’m a childhood neighbor, nothing more Vida tells this captivating story through Eulabee’s voice, skillfully capturing the intoxicating intensity of teenage friendship. Maria Fabiola’s lush beauty and level of male attention attracts her surprise Eulabee, who so often care about her own body and is more accustomed to consider her boyfriend as a partner for evil. She is an intelligent, cunning observer, but her voice conveys the pain of exclusion and the uncertainty of emerging attractive. Vida revisits the friendship whose consequences haunt Eulabee her entire life, in a revealing chance experience between the two women, who are now fifty years old. So often the catch-up sections in this kind of novel feel awkward, just added to put things at the end, but Vida handles it smoothly and satisfactorily. A very entertaining novel, both compelling and empathetic.

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