Kate Elizabeth Russell is an American author who made her debut in 2020 with the release of My Dark Vanessa. That book made many “most anticipated” lists and was an instant New York Times bestseller, and translated into multiple languages for release.

Kate is originally from eastern Maine before she left home to attend college at Indiana University. She earned her MFA while studying there and then headed on to the University of Kansas where she earned her PhD. Elizabeth Russell keeps a personal website where she maintains a “process blog” where she writes about writing and other things.

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My Dark Vanessa (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

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My Dark Vanessa is the story of the relationship dynamics of a precocious teenager and her manipulative teacher. The story begins in the year 2000 when a bright, ambitious fifteen-year-old named Vanessa becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her charming forty-two-year-old English teacher. The story then picks up in 2017 when a reckoning against powerful men and the things they do to young women is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student and now that former student is reaching out to Vanessa. She now finds herself facing an impossible choice: she can remain silent and stick with her belief that she willingly engaged in the relationship as a teenager, or she can redefine herself and the events of her past. Vanessa really does consider Jacob to be her first love and gives him credit for transforming her and he has been a persistent presence in her life ever since so she has issues just rejecting him. However, the truth is that this man may be far different than what she believes and the truth isn’t as fond of a memory as she’s always maintained.

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