Book Club Questions: My Dark Vanessa

Book club discussion questions are now available for My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. As riveting as it is disturbing, this book goes straight to the heart of some of the most complex issues of our age, and is therefore perfect for a book club discussion. Nuanced, uncomfortable, bold and powerful, this is an era-defining novel that has been talked about everywhere in 2020 and potentially for many years to come.


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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 our age.

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