Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister By Priya Parmar, Vanessa and Her Sister For fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank comes a captivating novel that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Vanessa Bell her sister Virginia Woolf and the controversial and popular circl
  • Title: Vanessa and Her Sister
  • Author: Priya Parmar
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  • Vanessa and Her Sister By Priya Parmar, For fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank comes a captivating novel that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group London, 1905 The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and AdFor fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank comes a captivating novel that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group 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 Woolf s 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 Vanessa s 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.
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    1. Priya Parmar

      Educated at Mount Holyoke College, the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh, Priya Parmar is the author of one previous novel, Exit the Actress.Her new novel, VANESSA AND HER SISTER, published by Ballantine Random House is available now.She divides her time between Hawaii and London.

    736 thoughts on “Vanessa and Her Sister”

    1. Starting in 1904, this novel spans six years in the life of the Stephen family and the very talented members who make up the Bloomsbury group I loved this book and loved that the novel is told from the journal or diary writings of Vanessa Bell Additional letters from other members of the group along with telegrams and other travel paraphernalia, gave such a personal look at these amazing people and the beginnings of their success Would love to been at their intellectual evenings discussing paint [...]


    2. Vanessa and Her Sister A Novel by Priya Parmar is the fictionalized diary of Vanessa Stephen Bell The novel attempts to capture the Bloomsbury Group and Virginia Stephen Woolf Parmar holds degrees in literature and theatre and is completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh.I saw this book was available for review and immediately started on it Virginia Woolf is one of my favorite authors and the Bloomsbury Group is one of the most interesting groups of people in that period With my backgrou [...]


    3. I live very near to Vanessa Bell s house Whenever someone comes to visit I take them to see Charleston, Vanessa Bell s house and have come to know it almost as well as my own house Therefore this novel held a special interest for me There are two ways of looking at this book either as a novel which is what it calls itself or as fictionalised biography I m not sure it really works as a novel, by which I mean I don t think it would hold your interest if you weren t already interested in Virginia W [...]


    4. This is a beautifully evocative historical novel, built around the relationship between Vanessa Bell and her sister Virginia Woolf When we first meet them in 1905, they are the Stephen sisters, living with their brothers Thoby and Adrian in a Georgian square in Bloomsbury Of course, this is the beginning of the Bloomsbury set, when the Stephens house becomes central to a whole host of visiting writers and artists, including Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, Saxon Turner and Walter Lamb Relatives look [...]


    5. Wow Hard to believe this is a first novel by Priya Parmar Its an epic historical fiction novel about the vibrant exotic lives of the Stephens Family and their artistic friends The Bloomsbury Group.This novel beings in London Pre War 1905 The Four Stephen siblings are Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian.Each of these adult siblings are talented bright and colorful Vanessa does painting, Virgina is a writer, Adrian has theatrical experience, Thoby has athletic abilities and is outgoing in persona [...]


    6. In this book we get to know the people in Bloomsbury Group through Vanessa Stephen s later Vanessa Bell journal This book also contains postcards and letter sent from various members of the group.I can t say I was overly pleased with the journal approach of this book, and I was a bit confused why there were dialogs in the journal I mean I haven t written a journal in years, but who writes dialog in it It would have been just better to have this book written from Vanessa s point of view without t [...]


    7. I loved the idea of this book a fictional history of Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa during their 20 s while still single, told through letters and post cards I adore reading old letters in epistolary novelsually Here, though, there were just too many people writing letters to too many people It did not work for me at all I managed to grasp a few incidents of Virginia s mania, and thought the Vanessa character was well drawn, but not very interesting Overall, boring.


    8. Rating this is simple I know I really liked it, so four stars Figuring out why I liked it so much is the hard partbut not really It is because the book displays in depth character analysis This appeals to me There is a lot to think about in terms of how people lovers and spouses and friends and siblings relate to each other The central theme of this book is the relationship between painter Vanessa Bell and her sister, the famed author Virginia Woolf, two central figures of the Bloomsbury Group I [...]


    9. I m wary of novels written about real people whose lives are in living memory because I think it s too easy for the line between fact and fiction to be blurred But I found so many reasons to pick up this book It has such a lovely cover, it s set in a milieu that I love, it s a story of sisters, and it s a story that places the lesser known of two celebrated sisters at the centre of the stage.The two sisters are artist Vanessa Bell and writer Virginia Woolf, and this is Vanessa s story It s writt [...]


    10. 3.5 Parmar s second novel brings the Bloomsbury group to vibrant life This is Vanessa Bell s imagined diary, incorporating letters and telegrams In 1905, the four Stephen children have recently been orphaned Vanessa, the eldest, strives to keep the family together in their London home while focusing on her painting Mercurial Virginia, periodically affected by mental illness, struggles with her writing.Spanning the years until 1911, the novel covers the siblings trips abroad and their interaction [...]


    11. What a wonderful and vibrant imagining of the lives of artist Vanessa Bell and and her sister, the difficult genius, Virginia Woolf, this book is Joining the story early in there lives before either is married Virginia is struggling to write, and Vanessa has yet to sell a painting Already though they are part of a intellectual circle of writers and artist named the Bloomsbury group These include such names as Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, Rupert Brooke, Saxon Sydney Turner, Duncan Grant, John May [...]


    12. 4.0 out of 5 stars Hope is an unbreakable habit At the moment of finishing, I was overwhelmed by this book and needed to let all of the nuances and ramifications settle before I wrote a review If I look at this as fiction, it is simply an amazingly good story but since I m no literary historian, I can t speak to the veracity of this account of the lives of Virgina Woolf and her sister Vanessa Wow This is not a fast paced narrative, but one that builds slowly with a crescendo simmering until it r [...]


    13. Review also found at kristineandterri received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is December 30th 2014.I hesitate to pen my thoughts on this story I always wonder if I am being harsh or if I missed something when I am not particularly fond of a book that seems to be getting glowing reviews I just simply did not feel the love for this story.The reason for my lack of enthusiasm is simply put the subject mat [...]


    14. I received this book as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for an honest review.This is the story of the two sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf Their life s story is told by Vanessa through her diary and by making use of the existing correspondence among them and their friends as well.Basically, the author describes the story of the Bloomsbury Group which comprises some very well known writers such as Virginia Wolff, John Maynard Keynes, E.M Foster and Lytton Stra [...]


    15. I went through some ups and downs with Vanessa and Virginia For the first 150 pages I just loved everything and soaked it all in, the characters and the ideas and the lovely beautiful moments I ve always found the Bloomsbury group fascinating, and I enjoyed the scenes featuring their debates and conversations Then, to be honest, I got a little sick of how lovely and beautiful everything was Too much bliss is just tiresome I began to question Parmar and her writing, with all the characters narrat [...]


    16. I got this book for free from Netgalley When I first started, I was a bit sceptical The depiction of the characters seemed a bit thin But a few chapters in, I realized that I was having trouble putting it down and the book seemed to grow in depth I got really engrossed in the story and the author s depiction of the Bloomsbury Group through a fictitious Vanessa Bell s eyes The writing is beautiful and Parmar gives Bell a strong, humorous, smart and very human voice She also does a great job depic [...]


    17. I know it s not fair to dislike a person because of mental illness, but as I read through this wonderful, beautifully written novel the Virginia Woolf as Parmar portrayed her often made me furious Much of her young Virginia Stevens, nee Woolf s, illness seems behavioral, and to stem from a coddled narcissism, as much as some possible chemical imbalance I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn t the Real Virginia, but a fictional construct The idea of sensitive artist as crazy person or mayb [...]


    18. I have to say that I just absolutely could not get into this book It is written from the viewpoint of Virginia Woolf s sister Vanessa Vanessa is writing in her journal There are also a smattering of telegrams and notes from friends But I never felt that I got to know the characters Most of them I really had no desire to get to know, but there were a couple I would have liked on.Vanessa is portrayed as the saintly sister that tolerates Virginia s behavior I found Virginia to be a totally unlikea [...]


    19. Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed listening to this story Each character was read by a different person, giving them personality and voice The format of a story being told through diary entries, letters, postcards and telegrams was, I think, meant to bring that inside thought of a person to the surface, to give depth and insight, perhaps, and to bring out the real person.The story of this group, told mainly through Vanessa s eyes is fascinating So much was happening in those days It m [...]


    20. Full disclosure I first bought VANESSA AND HER SISTER for my ereader, but after forty pages, I was confused by the characters and their nicknames, and could not sink into the very specific rhythm of the story that I sensed was there Books have a funny way of whispering in my ear, however, so after a few weeks, I purchased the hardcover Within ten pages I was spellbound by the gorgeous prose, the unique structure, and the very real women and men peopling the story Assembled as a series of letters [...]


    21. Oh, I tried to like this book I tried hard But Vanessa is deeply dull, and her famous sister, Virgina Woolf is not at all appealing I forced myself to keep reading, though, slogging through at an ever slower and reluctant pace until it finally dawned on me this is all really, really boring.


    22. I don t know much about the Bloomsbury set, but this book absolutely drew me in to their lives, and it was fascinating to watch Virginia Woolf s life through the eyes of her sister, the artist Vanessa Bell The book is written diary style, and at times all the names and nicknames left me a little dizzy, turning back to see who was who, but finally it all clicked and I was sucked into the story What a lifestyle they all lived, so daring for their time The real life historical figures came to life [...]


    23. To be paired with the BBC mini series Life in Squares , like a great cheese wine combo It must be in my top 3 Books I wished I could live in.


    24. This novel, in the form of journal entries, train tickets, telegrams, and post cards is written largely from the point of view of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf s less famous artist sister It focuses on the activities of the Bloomsbury group, their seemingly endless and shifting sexual affairs with each other, their petty and sometimes not so petty bickering, and their betrayals of each other Given its subject matter, the novel is for a rather select readership those who are interested in the pers [...]


    25. I really, really enjoyed this book, and was sorry to come to its end It is a fictionalisation of the life of Vanessa Bell 1879 1961 and her sister Virginia Woolf 1882 1941 between 1905 and 1912, and I wanted to know what happened next.Well, I know, of course, what happened next The war Vanessa becoming a noted avant garde artist the founding of the Hogarth Press and Virginia becoming a famous writer and her suicide But I wanted to read about all that from Vanessa s point of view and savour her f [...]


    26. DNF at 25%, not my cup of tea I think The writing seems ok and the subject matter isn t bad, honestly I think learning about Virginia Woolfe s painter sister is rather interesting, but the story itself isn t getting my attention at all I m not moved by these characters enough to care.


    27. I was privileged to have received this advance copy book via NetGalley for my fair and honest review.I knew nothing of the Bloomsbury Group other than having heard the term at some point it remained in the dark recesses of my mind I heard the name Virginia Woolf before, but only in the title of an Elizabeth Taylor Richard Burton movie from the sixties I love reading about Victorian London and artists, literary and otherwise, so for those reasons alone I was drawn to this book.I wasn t expecting [...]


    28. Firstly, I stopped reading on page 76 This is the third book I have read this year that has disturbed me by the author taking a proprietary fiction from real life characters Shirley, actually used a lot of fictional quotations from Shirley Jackson and even her children who are alive today It made me very squamish Just whose life is it anyhow The Master s Muse was a novelization of the marriage of George Balanchine and Taniquil LeClerq Why not write a biography These books strike me as lazy The a [...]


    29. DNF at 21%I vaguely know of the characters this book is based on, but after reading the blurb, I was very interested in reading Vanessa and Her Sister However, once I started reading, I had a hard time paying attention The pacing felt too slow and disjointed and I believe that s because it s told in journal entries and letters While I love stories told like this, I do realize that it doesn t work well for everything I tried my best to continue on reading until the story picked up, but it didn t [...]


    30. Oh, the trials inherent in being sister to a charismatic, deeply disturbed, mentally ill genius especially when things get very, very personal Literary salons, larger than life personalities, exquisite dramatic tension, superb writing Highly recommended


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