Vanessa and Virginia

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 - Fiction - 213 pages
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"You see, even after all these years, I wonder if you really loved me."

Vanessa and Virginia are sisters, best friends, bitter rivals, and artistic collaborators. As children, they fight for attention from their overextended mother, their brilliant but difficult father, and their adored brother, Thoby. As young women, they support each other through a series of devastating deaths, then emerge in bohemian Bloomsbury, bent on creating new lives and groundbreaking works of art. Through everything marriage, lovers, loss, madness, children, success and failure the sisters remain the closest of co-conspirators. But they also betray each other.

In this lyrical, impressionistic account, written as a love letter and elegy from Vanessa to Virginia, Sellers imagines her way into the heart of the lifelong relationship between writer Virginia Woolf and painter Vanessa Bell. With sensitivity, imagination, and fidelity to what it known of both lives, Sellers has created a powerful portrait of sibling rivalry.

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Sellers's elegant first novel imagines life in Britain's Bloomsbury circle from the point of view of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's older sister. Although Vanessa was an accomplished and highly ... Read full review

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Susan Sellers is a professor of English at St. Andrews University in Scotland and co-editor of the Cambridge University Press editions of Virginia Woolf's works. She is a past recipient of the Cannongate Prize for New Writing and is the author of many short stories and nonfiction books. This is her first novel.

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