My Dark Vanessa
4th Estate, 2021 - 384 sÝur
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUms÷gn notanda - technodiabla - LibraryThing
This novel is a sort of modern day Lolita, but told from the girl's perspective. Her story is told over 17 years starting when she is 15 and gets involved with a 42 year old teacher at her boarding ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUms÷gn notanda - DonnaEverhart - LibraryThing
Wowza. In one of my updates I said I was caught up in this story like a rip current at the beach. That was so accurate. It felt like I got pulled in so quick, almost unaware, and was held there ... Read full review