An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher
Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher.
She is now thirty-two and the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student of his. 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. But now, in 2017, in the midst of allegations against powerful men, she is being asked to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape.
Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, and as riveting as it is disturbing, My Dark Vanessa goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues our age is grappling with.
Last week I was able to finish one book My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizebeth Russell and this book has shaken me and shocked me completely and is one of my very very favourite reads this year! It was so riveting and extremely unsettling. It was compelling to say the least and it constantly makes me question my moral standard, makes me THINK what is right and what is wrong. It is a book that will anger you so much that you will shake while reading some parts; it is a book that will frustrate you so much that you want to scream to the characters what’s wrong with you?! it is a book that will sadden you so much that you will cry for the innocence and the injustice of it all; most of all, it is a book that will leave a mark on your soul forever. I couldn’t move on from My Dark Vanessa ever since I finished this book, it is on my mind constantly. I feel changed and empowered in a way I can’t start to explain. It truly is a remarkable story and book!
Thank you so much @livmarmar @4thestatebooks for being so incredibly kind to send me this advanced copy to read. Thank you so much @kateelizabethrussell for writing this very important and extremely relevant story.
My Dark Vanessa is our next January and this is a book you MUST READ.
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