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My Dark Vanessa

My Dark Vanessa

2020 . Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Women . Kate Elizabeth Russell

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My Dark Vanessa
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Russell manages a brutal originality. . . . [an] exceedingly complex, inventive, resourceful examination of harm and power." --The New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice "To call this book a 'conversation piece' or 'an important book' feels belittling . . . [it] is so much more than that. It's a lightning rod. A brilliantly crafted novel."--The Washington Post A most anticipated book by The New York Times - USA Today - Entertainment Weekly - Marie Claire - Elle - Harper's Bazaar - Bustle - Newsweek - New York Post - Esquire - Real Simple - The Sunday Times - The Guardian Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer. 2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher. 2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager--and who professed to worship only her--may be far different from what she has always believed? Alternating between Vanessa's present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.--Esquire, The Best Books Coming Out This Winter






HarperCollins Publishers




006294150X (ISBN13: 9780062941503)

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Dina Muktar

4 months ago


Nothing validates my hatred for man than this books. I shouldn't even have read this at all but hey thanks for the trauma


Loretta Piare

5 months ago


I felt so infuriated reading this, but in that great way that made me feel real and raw emotion and empathy. All I wish is that I could jump into this book and deliver real justice, I honestly thought I could commit murder reading this. It is such an important read and offers real insight to what it means to be manipulated and controlled and feel like you can do nothing


Selma den Dulk

9 months ago


This book was so smart, so disturbing and so shocking. I do think I read this a little too young, and I wish I would have waited some years before I read this, because this book made me absolutely traumatized. Please look up the trigger warnings before you read, and please don’t read it before your eighteen (for you own good)!


Joana Miss Known

11 months ago


For such delicate topic the author handles it very well. Although being this book fiction I can't avoid wanting a different ending. I wanted more justice.


Brandi Riedford

1 year ago


This was a quick thought provoking read. It can be triggering for some so do not go into it blindly. Very good read


dany Koc

1 month ago


WoW amazing loved it this book broke me



3 weeks ago


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