Translation Rights  |  Feb 6, 2020

My Dark Vanessa: 'Most Anticipated Books of 2020'

Kate Elizabeth Russell's My Dark Vanessa continues to appear in list
after list of ‘Most Anticipated Books of 2020’.The New York Times, USA
Today, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Elle, Refinery29, Entertainment Weekly, Library
Journal, the Observer, Evening Standard
among many others featuring My
Dark Vanessa
in their ‘Books to Read in 2020’ lists.

An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher An era-defining novel about the relationship between a fifteen-year-old girl and her teacher. 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.

William Morrow and Fourth Estate will be publishing in March 2020 and will be translated into 24 languages and counting.