My Dark Vanessa
|My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell
A Stylist Best Book of 2020
An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher
ALL HE DID WAS FALL IN LOVE WITH ME AND THE WORLD TURNED HIM INTO A MONSTER
Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher.
She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.
Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had withStrane wasn't abuse. It was love. She's sure of that.
Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great lovestory of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.
Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues our age.
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A hard story to read and a harder one to put down … a package of dynamite. Stephen King
A remarkable debut, deeply thoughtful, deeply emotional, compelling and disturbing in equal measure. Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
A brilliant and stunning debut … utterly truth-rattling, humane in its clarity and chilling in its resonance. An absolute must read. Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
Fascinating and devastating and brilliant. I loved it. Kristen Roupenian
Riveting and compulsive, My Dark Vanessa unsettles with every sentence. A novel that asks urgent questions and refuses easy answers. Elizabeth Day, author of How to Fail
Unsettling, compulsive and deeply thought provoking. Extremely well done. Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange