And Now You Can Go by Vendela Vida

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Vendela Vida’s fearless, critically acclaimed fiction debut follows the unpredictable recovery of a young woman as she tries to make sense of her life after an encounter at gunpoint.

Accosted one afternoon in Riverside Park by a man who doesn't want to die alone, Ellis, a young grad student, talks her way out of the situation by reciting poetry to her desperate captor. He lets her go, but is she free? Rejecting the overtures of her kind-hearted boyfriend, the police, and the suitors who would like to save her, Ellis finds herself unable to escape the event. She leaves the city to visit her family; joins her mother on a medical mission to the Philippines. When she returns, Ellis discovers something more about life–perhaps even how to take back her own.

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About Vendela Vida

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Vendela Vida graduated from Middlebury College and received her MFA at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Jane, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn. This is her first book.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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There’s too much smartass to the book: in a scene when an old high school friend is telling Ellis about a teacher who taught Sylvia Plath, Vida can’t resist throwing in that the teacher “put her head in the oven.” But then two pages later, when Ellis is obnoxiously lying and claiming to have been...

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U.S. novelist Vendela Vida perfectly captures the nature of tragedy

Jun 25 2010 | Read Full Review of And Now You Can Go

Austin Chronicle

by Vendela Vida Knopf, 208 pp., $19.95 "It was 2:15 in the afternoon of Dec. 2 when a man holding a gun approached me in Riverside Park."

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