Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar | Review

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Vanessa and Her Sister is a beautiful fictional novel about Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa Bell. Told in the form of epistolary through Vanessa’s diary. The story also features the Stephens’ siblings and friends. Based on real-life people and events, Vanessa and Her Sister show the bond of families and society life pre-WWI.

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this novel immensely. I have read a couple works by Virginia Woolf but was unaware of her talented family and background. This novel offered a realistic glimpse of what her life might have been like. The characters were smart and witty and I felt like I would have gotten along with them in real life.

I love when authors choose alternative literary forms to write in. Reading this novel from the perspective of Vanessa Bell’s diary entries provided an interesting read. There were many detailed accounts, but there were also time gaps which made this more realistic.

I am looking forward to what Parmar comes up with next!

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