Vanessa & Virginia

Vanessa & Virginia

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780151014743
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Vanessa and Virginia


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ser_library Jul 29, 2015

Sellers' elegant and well written novel is based on pictures, diary entries and letters. Her evocation of Vanessa's feelings is moving and eloquent.

Feb 11, 2015

Written in short vignettes, this books peaks through the voice of Vanessa, sister to Virginia Woolf, and as celebrated a painter as Virginia was an author. It's touching to see how the two grapple with home life and deaths in the family. The book is very emotionally gripping and I love how the author shares insights as Vanessa discovers them. It is a work of fiction, however.

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