Notable for her debut novel And Now You Can Go (2003) and for her subsequent works Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name (2007); The Lovers (2010); and The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty (2015), Vida received a Kate Chopin Award and several New York Times Notable Books designations.
After studying at Middlebury College in Vermont, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Columbia University and subsequently published her first book, a nonfiction work titled Girls on the Verge.
She founded a nonprofit called 826 Valencia that provides creative writing instruction to young people.
The daughter of a Hungarian father and a Swedish mother, she was born and raised in San Francisco, California. In 2005, she and her husband, fellow writer Dave Eggers, welcomed their first child, a daughter named October Adelaide Eggers Vida.
In the early 2000s, she and her husband co-wrote the screenplay for the Sam Mendes-directed feature Away We Go.