Kate Elizabeth Russell is originally from eastern Maine. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas and an MFA from Indiana University. My Dark Vanessa is her first novel.
`A hard story to read and a harder one to put down ... a package of dynamite' Stephen King `Riveting and compulsive, My Dark Vanessa unsettles with every sentence. A novel that asks urgent questions and refuses easy answers' Elizabeth Day `Unsettling, compulsive and deeply thought provoking. Extremely well done' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange `Gripping, dark, prescient and searing in its emotional honesty, My Dark Vanessa is a must read if the year' Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes and Cross Her Heart `My Dark Vanessa destroyed me. This moving, ferocious story of an all-consuming relationship between a teenager and her teacher traces not just a stolen girlhood, but the aftershocks that haunt trauma survivors years into the future. Gripping, stunningly written, and important-I've been waiting for this book' Julie Buntin, author of Marlena `My Dark Vanessa is a provocative and disturbing exploration of what happens when manipulation feels like love. It's Lolita subverted for a post #MeToo world; interrogating the myth of the teenage temptress with a razor sharp intelligence. Russell is interested in neither easy questions nor easy answers, demanding the reader unpack the intersection of power, abuse, and trauma, no matter how uncomfortable it may make us. More than anything else, Russell pushes us to reconsider everything we believe about what a perfect victim looks like. Challenging and uncompromising, My Dark Vanessa is the book everyone will be talking about in 2020' Louise O'Neill