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Vanessa And Her Sister

Vanessa and Her SisterVirginia Woolf has been mythologized in fiction many times over, from her transcendent genius and immeasurable anguish to her romantic suicide. But Parmar...Vanessa and Her SisterHistorical Fiction2015-01-23Ballantine Books

Vanessa and Her Sister, by Priya Parmar

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Vanessa and Her Sister

Genre: Historical Fiction; Publisher: Ballantine Books

Virginia Woolf has been mythologized in fiction many times over, from her transcendent genius and immeasurable anguish to her romantic suicide. But Parmar gives voice to—and even seems to embody—Virginia’s talented but overlooked sister, painter Vanessa Bell, through diary entries interspersed with other correspondences that teem with intelligence and intensity. Vanessa’s perspective gives us a rich portrait of the sisters’ complex, often toxic relationship, and their real-life circle of bohemian friends and lovers, which included E.M. Forster and Clive Bell. Whether or not you have a nerdy interest in early-20th-century British intelligentsia, Parmar draws you in with her deeply human characterization of the other sister. B+