Vida has written four books. Published in 2003, And Now You Can Go is a novel set in New York, San Francisco, and the Philippines, tracing the impulsive journeys of a young woman in the wake of an assault. In a 2003 Guardian article Vida voiced her plan to author a trilogy of novels "on the subject of violence and rage." The second novel, Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, takes place in Lapland and was published in 2007. As a fellow at the Sundance Labs, she developed Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name into a script, which received the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. The Lovers was published in June 2010 by Ecco. Joyce Carol Oates called it "a riveting and suspenseful novel about an American woman’s voyage to self-discovery.” Vida's most recent book, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, was published by Ecco in June 2015. Lena Dunham called it "Part glamorous travelogue, part slow-burn mystery". Two of Vida’s novels have been New York Times Notable Books of the year, and she is the winner of the Kate Chopin Award, given to a writer whose female protagonist chooses an unconventional path.
^Julian Guthrie, "Vendela Vida wraps trilogy on women in crisis," The San Francisco Chronicle, July 6, 2010.
^Duncan Campbell, "What Do They Mean? Duncan Campbell Meets Vendela Vida," The Guardian, September 23, 2003. (The newspaper describes Vida and husband Dave Eggers as "the Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt of literature.")
^Nathan Englander, "Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida," Interview Magazine, May, 2009.
^Sarah Crown, "A life in writing: Vendela Vida," The Guardian, July 8, 2011.