Eva/Ida is a novel about a relationship between two women in their early 20s. The story is told from Ida’s perspective, an insecure, introverted girl from the countryside as well as an ambitious biology student whose goal is to become a researcher. Eva is an extroverted, self-absorbed, ambitious, sloppy and hedonistic bisexual student of Art Direction. Eva and Ida play tennis, go to parties, fall asleep in other people’s gardens, go to Risør to fish for crabs, move in together, and try to navigate their lives around a power balance that’s constantly being challenged by one another’s ambition and competitive instincts. Ida also has a mental disorder she struggles with, which gets in the way of her goals, her plans and her relationship with Eva.
The novel is told through kaleidoscopic fragments of memory from Ida, where each fragment frames the story. Throughout the novel Ida struggles to understand what life should consist of. Should it be easy, fun, and pleasure-oriented like Eva? Or should life consist of focus, academia, and sobriety? What was her relationship with Eva really like, and was the relationship good for her?
Eva/Ida is a story about being young, seeking, self-critical and ambitious. It’s also about feeling like one doesn’t belong anywhere, and about living out the truth of one’s queer identity for the first time in a relationship.
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