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Vanessa and Her Sister
Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel | Priya Parmar
A New York Times Editors Choice Selection An Entertainment Weekly Must List Pick Prepare to be dazzled.Paula McLain Quite simply astonishing.Sarah BlakeWhat if Virginia Woolfs sister had kept a diary? For fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank comes a spellbinding new story of the inseparable bond between Virginia and her sister, the gifted painter Vanessa Bell, and the real-life betrayal that threatened to destroy their family. Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as an uncanny success and based on meticulous research, this stunning novel illuminates a little-known episode in the celebrated sisters glittering bohemian youth among the legendary Bloomsbury Group.Find your next book club pick, read special features, and more. Join the Random House Readers Circle.London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer. Each member of the group will go on to earn fame and success, but so far Vanessa Bell has never sold a painting. Virginia Woolfs book review has just been turned down by The Times. Lytton Strachey has not published anything. E. M. Forster has finished his first novel but does not like the title. Leonard Woolf is still a civil servant in Ceylon, and John Maynard Keynes is looking for a job. Together, this sparkling coterie of artists and intellectuals throw away convention and embrace the wild freedom of being young, single bohemians in London. But the landscape shifts when Vanessa unexpectedly falls in love and her sister feels dangerously abandoned. Eerily possessive, charismatic, manipulative, and brilliant, Virginia has always lived in the shelter of Vanessas constant attention and encouragement. Without it, she careens toward self-destruction and madness. As tragedy and betrayal threaten to destroy the family, Vanessa must decide if it is finally time to protect her own happiness above all else. The work of exciting young newcomer Priya Parmar, Vanessa and Her Sister exquisitely captures the champagne-heady days of prewar London and the extraordinary lives of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.Praise for Vanessa and Her SisterFiction and history merge seamlessly in this dazzling novel.Entertainment WeeklyBeing related to Virginia Woolf cant have been easy. In this delightful novel, Parmar re-imagines the brilliant, fragile writer and her turn-of-the-century bohemian friends. . . . Youll be spellbound.PeopleRarely do you encounter a woman who commands as much admiration as does the painter Vanessa Bell in Priya Parmars multilayered, subtly shaded novel.The New York Times Book Review[A] gossipy, entertaining historical novel . . . Parmar conjures a devastating fictional portrait.USA TodayCaptivating . . . echoes of Austens Sense and Sensibility emerge in Parmars portrayal.Newsday An elegant, entertaining novel that brings new life to the Bloomsbury Groups intrigues.The Dallas Morning NewsFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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Sparklemn
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This book was fascinating. I knew very little about Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister, who was a painter and an on/off caregiver for Virginia. The story focuses on their siblings and friend group. The love between the siblings was apparent. They all had to be careful around Virginia to keep her from going to her dark place. All of them wanted the best for her and each other. ⬇

Sparklemn 📷 The Other Room by Vanessa Bell. I“m assuming the person in the window is Virginia. (edited) 3mo
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Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Sounds like an awesome read📚📚📚 2y
megnews I loved this! 2y
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Unputdownable. I flew through this fictional history of Virginia Woolf while slowing down to savor the language. It was beautiful. I think of it often.

That‘s a wrap on my top #12booksof2020! Looking forward to another great reading year ahead.

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Very relatable. Who isn‘t passionate about good pens?!?

LeahBergen I liked this book! 2y
LauraBrook @LeahBergen That‘s excellent! I‘m happy that it‘s taking me out of this oil change appointment. Just wish I had some actual Virginia here with me too, it‘s making me want to read her more than usual. 2y
Sparklemn I'm also passionate about good pencils. 🤓 💙 #accountantsoflitsy
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readordierachel A good pen is a thing of beauty! 2y
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I could not put this book down. I wanted to finish but I didn‘t want it to end. I couldn‘t stop thinking of it when I wasn‘t reading it. I had to finish it so I could concentrate. I flew through this book while at the same time savoring it, reading certain phrases over and over. The language was so lovely. I have not read a book this good in quite a while. I love this book.

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Crazy pregnancy instructions-about the opposite of what you should and shouldn‘t do. 😂
And the end part! 😂

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Best writing I‘ve read in awhile. Only on page 14. I‘m really excited!

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Love the way the author has the character describe things.

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Sometimes a line just strikes you for some reason.

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#3books #basedontruestories

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t had time to participate in awhile but I LOVE this challenge. Great idea!

OriginalCyn620 Aww, thank you! Glad you can join us! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cynthia did a great job with this one!!!! 🎊🎉 2y
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Just received my book back from #lmpbc #groupe #round7 loved reading all the comments.
Enjoyed all the books this round and was fun doing it with all of you! @Sward7 @inthegreensandblues @ladyneverwhere

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This was my first time participating in #lmpbc and I'm so glad I joined in! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of these books with you @Jerdencon @ladyneverwhere and @Sward7 😄
Denise- Vanessa will be on her way back to you soon.

Sward7 I didn‘t think I would like Supernatural Enhancements, but I‘m thoroughly enjoying it! Gonna need a few more days to get through it. Loved this round! 3y
inthegreensandblues @Sward7 No rush, I'm glad you're not hating it. I liked it a lot but it IS weird. 😂 3y
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4/5 stars. Really enjoyed 'meeting' Virginia Woolf from the eyes of her artist sister Vanessa. Love this round 7 of #lmpbc group E.

Sward7 @inthegreensandblues sending this express tomorrow. @jerdencon @ladyneverwhere (edited) 3y
inthegreensandblues Looking forward to it! 😊 3y
inthegreensandblues FYI, got this today 😄 3y
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LauraH
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A delightful read about the Bloomsbury group.

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If it's got Virginia Woolf in, I'll want to read it. She comes across here as a tyrannical monster (whom I almost hated, actually) but that's not the problem I had with the book: it was the form. Seven years in the life of the Bloomsbury Group related through Vanessa's journal, punctuated by various telegrams, postcards etc. It was rather choppy and yet curiously static. I did enjoy Vanessa's voice, though, and seeing things from her perspective.

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This morning's modest #libraryhaul. I'd reserved the tagged book (the sister in question being Virginia Woolf 😍) and the other insisted on coming home with me too. It was only as I was checking them out that I realised I had a theme going on.

Libby1 Books about siblings! 4y
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So-so to a pan. I felt it so unfocused and it just wandered around dropping unconnected thoughts (and postcards) here and there and everywhere. Still the very best multi-cast audiobook of an epistolary novel is Guernsey. 😊

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Signs of Spring from my morning walk. This audiobook has just been ok so far though. Kind of meandering about with no real focus. 😞

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My new audiobook.

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Vanessa Bell was a painter, Virginia Woolf's older sister, and one of the founding members of the Bloomsbury set. She lived #lavieboheme (much more so than her younger sister) and famously had an open marriage with Clive Bell.
This is a self portrait from 1958.
(I have yet to read the tagged book.)
#musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory

Lindy There‘s a great children‘s picture book that portrays the relationship between sisters Vanessa and Virginia, and it also tackles the subject of mental health: 4y
Cinfhen I used the same book!!! And I did read it!!! It was a little long and winded but a very interesting reimagining of Vanessa & Virginia. Plus some good scandal 4y
merelybookish @Lindy I'm reading Woolf's diary and the introduction described how she had bouts of lunacy (his terminology) when she was young. Made me wonder what exactly that meant. (And whether the same as her depression?) 4y
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merelybookish @Cinfhen Oh that's funny! I should have reviewed the hashtag before posting. Im deep in the throes of Woolf these days, so it's what came to mind. But the whole Bloomsbury set was pretty Bohemian. 🙂 4y
Cinfhen #GreatMinds ~ thrilled to see we were on the same page❣️❣️❣️ 4y
vivastory Excellent choice. Didn't she provide the original design for most (all?) of Virginia's books? 4y
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#MusicalNewYear #LaVieBoheme The Stephen siblings were known as the “Bloomsbury Group” a family of thinkers and artists in the early 20th century. This book re-imagines the diary of Vanessa Bell and her infamous sister Virginia Woolf. Lots of scandal 😛

CarolynM 👏👏👏 4y
Tanisha_A Looks interesting! 4y
KarenUK I was born very near their Sussex home (Charleston house) which is a wonderful place to visit...... https://www.charleston.org.uk 4y
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Cinfhen Dargusch girls , look at what @KarenUK shared....👆🏼you should go visit @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @Meredith3 @AnnieD 💞💞💞 4y
Cinfhen How‘s your trip @Tanisha_A ??? Thanks so much @CarolynM sometimes it takes awhile for my brain cells to kick in!!! 4y
Mdargusch Oooh. Sounds perfect! 4y
emilyhaldi I‘m into this!! 4y
Tanisha_A Hello hello hello! It was full of work, and not so much play. But now I am in my hometown. Attending a dear friend's wedding tomorrow, and then later is the LitFest. Life is good! 4y
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Have fun with friends & family & LitFest too!!!!! @Tanisha_A 4y
Cinfhen Not sure @Meredith3 is gonna be sooooo into it @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi 😂😂 4y
Reviewsbylola Sounds very cool! 4y
Mdargusch 🤣👆🏼 4y
Suet624 I enjoyed this one. 4y
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📖 Vanessa and Her Sister Author: Vidal 🎥 Vertigo Food: Venison summer sausage. #MANICMONDAY #LETTERV @JoScho

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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Autumn is fantastic....I love to curl up under a blanket with a cup of coffee (or tea) and read a good book.


What is your weekend read?

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I FINALLY have a purse big enough to fit books again and I couldn‘t be happier 😍

Tamra I recently debated downsizing, but....what about books?! 🤣 5y
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ that purse! 5y
Smrloomis I definitely choose my bags based on this too 😂 5y
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@bookriot #RiotGrams #October Challenge- #recentacquisitions. Bought all over- including Bombay's used booksellers at #FloraFountain, @#Hatchards, #WordontheWater, #Worldsend bookstore, and of course, Amazon !

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I never explore Dollar General in my hometown because whenever I go (which is rarely) there is someone in there I'm trying to avoid. I get my shit and get out as quickly as possible. But, now that I know they have books for $1 I may have to rethink my policy. #bookhaul

KarenUK Both great picks! 💕 5y
Hollie @KarenUK I hadn't heard of Transatlantic, but I saw the author's name and it was good enough for me! 5y
athorne It's the same thing with the Dollar General here. My weak spot is digging through their books. >.> 5y
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Hollie @TheGhastlyGrimoire I'm definitely going to have to go back and sift through the books more often! 5y
LeahBergen I enjoyed Vanessa and her Sister. 5y
Hollie @LeahBergen good to hear! It's a dollar well spent! 5y
LauraBeth I just read this while looking for reviews of this book and it made me 😂 5y
Hollie @LauraBeth dollar books are the best! 5y
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JackOBotts
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This novel came at the right time. I needed a quick, engaging read after two recent novels that felt very looooong. I enjoy historical fiction, and Parmar's decision to use an epistolary style was right up my alley. The relationship between the Vanessa & Virginia, as well as the other Bloomsbury Group members, made we want to explore their bodies of work. Having never read any Woolf, this gives me the push to start. 📚

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Where can I find a doctor like this?! 🥂🍾

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#feistyfeb day 9: #deckleedge
I don't have many deckle edge books probably as I tend to buy paperbacks. But here they are from top to bottom: The Ocean at the End of the Lane; Ruby; Vanessa and her Sister; The Northern Clemency

Also an article about the use of deckle edge
http://www.themillions.com/2010/02/deckle-edge-in-the-age-of-mechanical-reproduc...

MeganAnn Interesting article! Thanks for posting 😊👏🏻❤️ 6y
DrexEdit Thanks for the article! Very interesting! 😊 6y
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My Book Outlet buys during their Boxing Day sale finally arrived! Why yes I do realize I had bought books from them not too long ago but erm I couldn't resist. It's a Boxing Day present to myself 😂📚🤓

charl08 Ooh. 6y
GatheringBooks that is a lovely haul! 6y
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Beachesnbooks It's so hard to resist book outlet sales! 6y
kspenmoll Resisting gets harder these days#BlameitonLitsy 📚👏 6y
Reviewsbylola I have Caramelo. I have heard awesome things so I need to read it! 6y
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