Vanessa and Virginia

By Susan Sellers
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151014743, 224pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

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“Vanessa & Virginia is written from the point of view of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister, and the novel reads as a lyrical account of their relationship. Sibling rivalries, artistic collaborations, and tender moments between the sisters are contrasted by the individual events (both good and bad) that influence their moods, their relationships, and their works.”
-- Roni K Devlin, Literary Life Bookstore & More, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

"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 everythingmarriage, lovers, loss, madness, children, success and failurethe 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.

About the Author

SUSAN SELLERS is a professor of English at St. Andrews University in Scotland

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