And Now You Can Go: A Novel

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

byVendela 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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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 recitin...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307424790

ISBN - 13:9780307424792

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from And now it is done... Vida has a way of writing that seems to capture the human experience without choreography. Her narrators often become swept up in their thoughts, which stray and meander back to a previous times and places. This provides the reader with additional insights as well as a sense that they are in a world which is authentic, rather than contrived. Dialogue between her characters does not always go as planned nor do the events in the story. Thankfully, Vida ends the story in a way that leaves the reader feeling that they have captured a moment in the life of an individual, and there are no Hollywood endings, the characters simply move on in their lives, and the reader is no longer able to follow them. In this particular story, Vida tells of Ellis, who has just endured a traumatic experience and who attempts to continue on with her existence. Although I did engage with this story as much as I did her second novel, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, I appreciated her writing and the story enough to make it through.
Date published: 2008-09-11