20th century, Bloomsbury group, England, intellectual life, London, sisters, women artists, women authors
Here is an excerpt from Vanessa’s diary – “every moment with Virginia – one feels more alive, not just alive, but living. I have understood this Virginia equation – there is no rational, logical, or reachable Virginia lurking beneath – eventually Virginia becomes exhausting”. One would never want a sister like Virginia Woolf!
“Parmar inhabits the gilded ‘bohemian hinterland’ of Virginia Woolf and her sister Vanessa, creating a vibrant fictional homage.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Parmar does a stellar job conveying Virginia’s complicated, almost incestuous feelings for Vanessa. . . . The author also deftly brings to life the various artists and writers who formed the nascent Bloomsbury group. . . . Parmar’s narrative is riveting and successfully takes on the task of turning larger-than-life figures into real people. . . . [She] weaves their stories together so effortlessly that nothing seems out of place.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)