2015 Release: Vanessa and Her Sisters by Priya Parmar

I absolutely loved Priya Parmar's 2011 release, Exit the Actress, and I've been dying to hear about a new release from her so imagine my excitement when I just spotted this on Amazon. HF Gods help me, I don't know how I will make it to February 2015!!

Publication Date: January 13, 2015 | Ballantine Books

For fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank comes a captivating novel that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Vanessa Bell, her sister Virginia Woolf, and the controversial and popular circle of intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.

London 1905. The city is alight with change and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of brilliant, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of the charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.

Each member of the group will go on to earn fame and success, but so far Vanessa Bell has never sold a painting. Virginia Woolf’s book review has just been turned down by The Times. Lytton Strachey has not published anything. E. M. Forster has finished his first novel but does not like the title. Leonard Woolf is still a civil servant in Ceylon, and John Maynard Keynes is looking for a job. Together, this sparkling coterie of writers and artists throw away convention and embrace the wild freedom of being young, single bohemians in London.

But the landscape shifts when Vanessa unexpectedly falls in love and her sister feels dangerously abandoned. Eerily possessive, charismatic, manipulative, and brilliant, Virginia has always lived in the shelter of Vanessa’s constant attention and encouragement. Without it, she careens toward self-destruction and madness. As tragedy and betrayal threaten to destroy the family, Vanessa must decide if it is finally time to protect her own happiness above all else.

The work of exciting young newcomer Priya Parmar,Vanessa and Her Sister exquisitely captures the champagne-heady days of prewar London and the extraordinary lives of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.


  1. very interesting!! i read exit the actress too!

  2. What an exciting background in which the book is featured. Like to get hold of this one.

  3. I need to read more HF, this looks amazing. Beautiful.

  4. Oh, wow, I think I need to read this. I love the Stephens (at least, the Stephens girls) and Vanessa had such a dramatic, tawdry life! (And her daughter, wow!).

  5. Why oh why did I have to see this post? :) This is my absolute favorite time period and place to read about and I love reading about Virginia Woolf. I loved Parmar's first book, too. January 2015 cannot come quickly enough!

  6. So excited to find this here and am absolutely thrilled you are going to read it! Would you like me to ask them to send an early ARC copy? xPriya

    1. Oh my goodness, would I?! Heck yes, I would! Thank you so much, Priya! You can email me at passagestothepast@gmail.com. I'm so excited!


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