My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell audiobook

My Dark Vanessa: A Novel

By Kate Elizabeth Russell
Read by Grace Gummer

HarperAudio 9780062941503


Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780063063952

  • ISBN: 9780063063952

Runtime: 16.05 Hours
Category: Fiction/Women
Audience: Adult
Language: English



New York Times bestseller

An Audible Editors Top Pick of Outstanding Performances

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A People Pick of the Week

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of Best New Books of the Season

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

A March 2020 LibraryReads Pick


“Brilliant and stunning . . . an absolute must read.” – GILLIAN FLYNN

“A well-constructed package of dynamite.” – STEPHEN KING

A most anticipated book by The New York Times • USA Today • Entertainment Weekly • Marie Claire • Elle • Harper's Bazaar • Bustle • Newsweek • New York Post • Esquire •  Real Simple • The Sunday Times • The Guardian 



Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.

Includes a bonus conversation with Kate Elizabeth Russell, Grace Gummer, and Jessica Williams (editor of My Dark Vanessa).

This audiobook includes an episode of the Book Club Girl Podcast, featuring an interview with Kate Elizabeth Russell about My Dark Vanessa.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Explosive…a significant addition to the necessary reassessments and conversations sparked by the #MeToo movement.” NPR
“As powerful as it is painful, and deserves its reputation as one of the defining books of the #MeToo era.” Vogue
“Gripping and unsettling…a bracingly uncompromising book. It will doubtless be devoured with an ache of recognition by large numbers of women. But it really ought to be read by men.” The Economist (London)
“Narrator Grace Gummer…sounds both tough and achingly vulnerable in an unforgettable performance. She embodies the character so well that, combined with Russell’s masterful prose, Vanessa feels deeply real in a way that’s impossible to shake.”
“A well-constructed package of dynamite.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“This timely, riveting debut illuminates the interplay between a child’s heartbreaking confusion and the deepest perversions of power.” People
“A masterpiece of tension and tone that will simultaneously grip you, horrify you, and move you.” Esquire
“Exquisite…About a young woman who believes she’s in a love story when she’s actually in a psychological horror film.” Los Angeles Times
“Enlightens even as it chills.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Powerful…It also prompts readers to interrogate their own assumptions about victimhood, consent, and agency.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Russell weaves Vanessa’s memories of high school together with the social media-saturated callout culture of the present moment, as Vanessa struggles to determine whether the love story she has told about herself is, in fact, a tragedy of unthinkable proportions…Gut-wrenching.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)




Author Bio: Kate Elizabeth Russell

Author Bio: Kate Elizabeth Russell

Kate Elizabeth Russell is the author of the New York Times bestseller My Dark Vanessa. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas and an MFA degree from Indiana University. Her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, and Quarterly West, among other journals, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Women
Runtime: 16.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English