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My Dark Vanessa
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My Dark Vanessa (Hardback)

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An instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller



'A package of dynamite' Stephen King









'Powerful, compulsive, brilliant' Marian Keyes









'Takes a grip on the reader and never lets go' Hilary Mantel









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 with Strane 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 love story 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 of our age.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 31/03/2020 ISBN-13: 9780008342241  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Kate Elizabeth Russell is originally from eastern Maine. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas and an MFA from Indiana University. My Dark Vanessa is her first novel.

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My Dark Vanessa is a disturbing, provocative, powerful and stunning debut novel. The pupil teacher relationship changes subtly. He's seeks Vanessa's approval, yet he's always the one in control, manipulating. The story runs on two timelines – present day when the 'me too' movement emerged, and going back to when Vanessa was boarding at High School at the start of her relationship with Jacob Strane. This is not a gratuitous sleazy story. It is very well written and gets to the crux of grooming (Jacob Strane is a master of grooming). It shows how the process is often misunderstood, misinterpreted that a consenting schoolgirl knows her own mind, is in full control of a situation with a man three times her age. Her friends knew, the school knew, her mother knew, yet nobody did anything. And then there's the guilt, Vanessa feels guilt. This is a masterpiece.

- 13/03/2020
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