Right now I’m reading “My Dark Vanessa” by Kate Elizabeth Russell.
The book explores the psychological dynamics of a relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic, manipulative teacher.
Cultural Shifts & The Me Too Movement:
This book brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming society.
2000. Fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane. Strane is her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.
2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student. And this student reaches out to Vanessa.
And now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice. Remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship. Or redefine herself and the events of her past.
But how can Vanessa reject her first love? The man who fundamentally transformed her. And who has been a persistent presence in her life?
Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager may not be the man she thought he was?
What I’m Watching On Acorn TV:
I’m currently watching “Accused” on Acorn TV.
This anthology series is written by Jimmy McGovern. Each episode follows various characters as they await a verdict on their trial.
Each of the episodes follows a different central character. The episode begins with the police unlocking a prison cell. Then they lead the accused up the steps to hear the jury’s verdict.
The episodes alternate back and forth between the past and their current situation. (When the crime was committed).
And the present. (When the accused learns their fate.)