Penguin Random House/BOT library representative Steve Atinksy shares a bit about his favorite new title coming to audio—and large print—this December:
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf upstaging everyone in the room with her literary acumen, making moves on her husband, and putting family and friends on suicide watch? Answer: her sister Vanessa Bell, in whose home the famous (and infamous) Bloomsbury Group would regularly gather to talk about literature and art while living a bohemian lifestyle that would still be considered modern over 100 years later. Author Priya Parmar primarily tells this fascinating story through an imagined diary penned by Vanessa Bell. In addition to Virginia and Vanessa, you’ll meet the likes of E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes, Duncan Grant, and Lytton Strachey—who doggedly sends missives to Leonard Woolf, stationed in India for the British Civil Service, to come home and court and marry Virginia. It’s believed that Woolf is the only one who can save Virginia (and everyone else) from herself. If, like me, you always wanted to know more about this fascinating group of writers, artists, and intellectuals but needed a great novel to take you there, then our multi-voiced production of VANESSA AND HER SISTER is an audiobook that you will thoroughly enjoy.
Also featuring the voices of Julian Rhind-Tutt, Daniel Pirrie, and Anthony Calf
“Prepare to be dazzled.”—Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
“With sparkling wit and insight, Priya Parmar sets us down into the legendary Bloomsbury household of the Stephen siblings, where sisters Vanessa and Virginia vie for love and primacy amidst a collection of eccentric guests…I couldn’t put it down.”—Nancy Horan, author of Under the Wide and Starry Sky
“I loved this brilliant depiction of the true price of genius.”—Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand