Title: My Dark Vanessa
Authors: Russell, Kate Elizabeth
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 369
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: 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. [Taken from book blurb, 4th Estate Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It's a page turner. I consumed it in a weekend and it consumed me for days afterwards."

"It is raw and seems so real - you can feel her pain."

"An excellently told tale of teenage sexuality."

"It keeps the reader spellbound for nearly 400 pages."

"This book could upset those who have experienced sexual abuse."

"A timely narrative with the Me Too movement."

"Thought-provoking in that it forces the reader to consider how the grooming process works."

"This book had quite an impact on me. I have rethought my attitude to the MeToo movement."

"Some will struggle with the sexual content."

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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