My Dark Vanessa

Author Karen Elizabeth RussellA powerful, shocking, and revelatory debut novel, this is an account of a young 15-year-old girl being groomed as a sexual partner by an older 42-year old teacher and her subsequent growth toward understanding how that relationship, which lasted well into her thirties, affected her life.

We’re lured inside the mind of a smart but lonely teenager who believes her love affair with an older man is not abuse, but a consensual love affair in which she is the one with the power.

In my experience as a therapist, this story rang very true and real and is an important voice in the literature that informs the #MeToo movement.

Book cover: My Dark Vanessa