My Dark Vanessa
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.
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Come and be worshipped, come and be caressed.Vanessa Wye is thirty-two years old, working a dead-end hotel job in Portland, Maine, and attending grief-counseling therapy following the death of her father. She cannot move on with her life. I suppose many of us have faced similar straits, the relationshi ...more
My Dark Vanessa, crimson-barred, my blest
My Admirable butterfly! Explain
How could you, in the gloam of Lilac Lane,
Have let uncouth, hysterical John Shade
Blubber your face, and ear, and shoulder blade?
- From the poem Pale Fire by Nabakov
Vanessa, 15 years of age,
grew up in a quiet small town in Maine - on
She attended Browick High School - a boarding school...couple hours away from her home. Too young to drive- her mother usually drove her to school and picked her back up to come home during holiday breaks.
Early in the book I wondered if Vanessa’s mother had serious reasons to worry about her daughter’s basic state of well-being...or if the mother was just being a typical mom. ( “make some frie ...more
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 ...more
This story is about Vanessa a 15 year old girl who attends boarding school and ...more
My Dark Vanessa is extremely compelling, raw, disturbing, and heartbreaking. Russell is quite the masterful storyteller. I felt like I was in a trance reading her words.
Welcome to Vanessa... let her show you her dark world.
I was seeing so many 5 star reviews for this novel and knew I had to experience the darkness myself. My Dark Vanessa explores a story of a women who has been victimized by her teacher her entire life from the start of age 15 to present day ...more
Kate Elizabeth Russell presents a story so deeply embedded into the rough-edged corners of the mind that one must pause continuously throughout it and sift through the muddled surfaces for personal clarity. The publisher's brief introduction allows us to feel the beginnings of a glimmer into a student/teacher relationship that goes tragically into the high weeds of the forbidden.
Vanessa Wye is but fifteen years old. She's been awarded a ...more
Exploring the abusive relationship of this girl with her teacher, the novel charts many years of Vanessa's life - her thoughts, outlook and reality will hit you right in the soul, you can't look away from h ...more
A bright girl gets a scholarship to an elite boarding school, where she is singled out by an English teacher as a promising young student. An affair begins, an affair the girl truly hopes for, the romance with this wise older man, the excitement of their mutual obsession... the mutuality of which she still maintains, even years later, casting it as a true meeting of minds--and ignoring how it derailed her academic career and her abilit ...more
Kate Elizabeth Russell is an outstanding writer, who so perfectly nailed what really happens in these type of situations.
It was haunting and heartbreaking, and one of the best books I read all year.
This is a difficult book to read, and it should be. It doesn't mince words, it doesn't try to pretty up what it is. This is the Me Too movements gritty side. The side of a girl who deep in the abuse she doesn't see it as abuse. The girl who even in her twenties is protecting her abuser and ...more
My face twists up from the pain of pushing it out.
"I just really need it to be a love story. You know? I really, really need it to be that."
"I know," she says.
"Because if it isn't a love story, then what is it?"
There have been many books in the wake of #metoo that have tackled issues of rape, abuse, consent and complicity but this is one of the most subtle as it explores its topic with depth and empathy. It can feel a little prurient when these books follow the protagonists into ...more
Back in 2000, Vanessa was fifteen years old and attending a boarding school. ...more
When a lonely fifteen year old falls in love with her teacher, she feels lucky. Strane sees something in Vanessa that no one else does: he sees that she’s special. And she is special, isn’t she?
In 2017, women around the world are standing up to talk about their experiences of manipulation, coercion and abuse by men in power. Vanessa, now 32, is hau ...more
This is an uncompromising story, told back and forth across decades, of a child who is abused by her teacher and who believes (sometimes) that she loves him and knows (sometimes) that she hates him. The implications of that ...more
Let me start by saying that I subscribe to the position that a 15 yo girl is not capable of giving consent. It has less to do with her body than her mind which is not yet fully mature and her experience which is limited. Undeniably for an adult male to take advantage of that is wrong, a crime.
Having said all that, this narrative presents a more nuanced ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Adult : Book is written from the pov of a student who had a relationship with her teacher when she was in school and now that same teacher is accused of sexual misconduct .. this is the synopsis i remember. [s]||3||43||Aug 06, 2019 09:54PM|