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My Dark Vanessa

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Hephzibah Anderson

Shy Vanessa Wye is just 15 when 42-year-old Jacob Strane, her English teacher at an elite New England boarding school, starts paying her special attention. Plying her with poetry, he insists she’s a ‘dark romantic’ like him; a torrid affair ensues. Fast-forward 17 years and with the #Metoo movement gathering pace, another former pupil has accused Strane of sexual assault, forcing Vanessa to rethink what she’s always told herself was a formative love affair. Plunging deep into questions of consent and agency, this electric debut is as readable as it is psychologically acute.

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