We Run the Tide

Teenage Eulabee and her alluring best friend, Maria Fabiola, own the streets of Sea Cliff, the tony San Francisco neighborhood they grew up in—a sleepy, posh town where life has moved along uneventfully with daily walks to school and weekend sleepovers. They know the ins-and-outs of Sea Cliff’s homes and beaches, its hidden corners and eccentric characters—as well as the swanky all-girls’ school they attend. Then everything changes. When Eulabee and Maria Fabiola have a disagreement that creates a schism in their friendship, everything begins to fall apart. The rupture is followed by Maria Fabiola’s sudden disappearance, a potential kidnapping that shakes the quiet community and threatens to expose long-buried secrets. Suspenseful and poignant, We Run the Tides is Vendela Vida’s masterpiece of a place and a group of people 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 humor, warmth, and filled with the unmistakable details of the period, We Run the Tides is both a gripping mystery and a tribute to the wonders—and the blunders—of youth in all its beauty and confusion.