Vanessa and Her Sister

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Author: Parmar, Priya

Format: Deckle Edge

Number Of Pages: 368

EAN: 9780385681339

Release Date: 20-01-2015

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedVeryGood

Binding: Hardcover

Details: Product Description It can break your heart to have a sister like Virginia Woolf.      London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.     Each member of the group will go on to earn fame and success eventually, but so far Vanessa Bell has never sold a painting. Virginia Woolf's book review has just been turned down by The Times. Lytton Strachey has not published anything. E. M. Forster has finished his first novel but does not like the title. Leonard Woolf is still a civil servant in Ceylon, and John Maynard Keynes is looking for a job. Together, this sparkling coterie of artists and intellectuals throw away convention and embrace the wild freedom of being young, single bohemians in London.     But the landscape shifts when Vanessa unexpectedly falls in love and her sister feels dangerously abandoned. Eerily possessive, charismatic, manipulative, and brilliant, Virginia has always lived in the shelter of Vanessa's constant attention and encouragement. Without it, she careens toward self-destruction and madness. As tragedy and betrayal threaten to destroy the family, Vanessa must decide if it is finally time to protect her own happiness above all else.     The work of exciting young newcomer Priya Parmar, Vanessa and Her Sister exquisitely captures the champagne-heady days of prewar London and the extraordinary lives of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Review A New York Times Notable 100 Book of the YearNamed one of The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review Editors’ Choice Named one of Vanity Fair’s Books You Need to Read this Month (January)"[Vanessa and Her Sister] deals skillfully with . . . the fluctuating loves and betrayals, the art, Virginia’s terrifying bouts of insanity, and her almost equally terrifying bouts of whimsical brilliance and charm. . . . [Parmar] creates a convincing voice." —Financial Times"Parmar's Vanessa and Her Sister injects new sizzle into the saga [of the Bloomsbury Group]. With a multi-voice, almost operatic treatment, Parmar’s second novel illuminates emotional truths about the already famous lives of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf." —Toronto Star "A personal drama of great force. . . . Parmar's lively version of this well-known story quickly won me over.” —National Post "Deftly told. . . . [Vanessa and Her Sister] captures the youthful, bohemian mood of the time." —The Globe and Mail "This novel gives [the Bloomsbury Group] as sharp an outline as one of Vanessa's paintings." —Winnipeg Free Press“It’s not often that you wish a book wouldn’t end, but [Vanessa and Her Sister] is so deliciously gossipy (while occasionally wonderfully prurient), and almost too beautifully written, to stop at 339 pages. The neediness, the control, the mind games, and ultimately the betrayal at the heart of this often poisonous sibling rivalry, is never less than fascinating.”  ―The Independent (UK) “Vanessa and Her Sister is an elegant, entertaining novel that brings new life to the Bloomsbury Group’s intrigues.”  ―Dallas Morning News “[Vanessa and Her Sister] draws a richly compelling and extraordinarily sympathetic portrait of a woman struggling to extricate herself from her sister’s loving but desperate clutches, and live, for want of a better phrase, a life of her own. . . . [Parmar] offers a fresh perspective on a story that’s already become legend.” ―The Independent (UK) “[An] impressive novel. . . . with sharp insight and careful attention to detail. . . . Vanessa and Her Sister is a remarkable achievement. . . . [that is] so fresh and compel

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