Fort Greene Store:
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Kate Elizabeth Russell presents My Dark Vanessa
In conversation with Lila Shapiro
Reception to follow
Kate Elizabeth Russell’s highly anticipated and explosive debut novel explores the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher. Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a young woman discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself. Russell discusses the book at Greenlight with Lila Shapiro, senior writer for New York Magazine and Vulture, followed by a reception to celebrate the book’s launch.