From New York Times best-selling author Norah Vincent comes her boldly imagined portrait of Virginia Woolf that sheds new light on the events that preceded her fatal immersion in the River Ouse in 1941.
On April 18, 1941, twenty-two days after Virginia Woolf went for a walk near her weekend house in Sussex and never returned, her body was reclaimed from the River Ouse. Norah Vincent's Adeline reimagines the events that brought Woolf to the riverbank, offering us a denouement worthy of its protagonist.
With poetic precision and psychological acuity, Vincent channels Virginia and Leonard Woolf, T. S. and Vivienne Eliot, Lytton Strachey and Dora Carrington, laying bare their genius and their blind spots, their achievements and their failings, from the inside out. And haunting every page is Adeline, the name given to Virginia Stephen at birth, which becomes the source of Virginia's greatest consolation, and her greatest torment.
"[Vincent] made it feel like Woolf was there on the page, letting the reader into her psyche, confessing the things she was most ashamed or private about ---no easy feat." ---BookRiot
"James clearly portrays Woolf's intellectual passion, existential ennui, and emotional turmoil in Vincent's grim portrait of a brilliant, deeply troubled writer." ---AudioFile
"Woolf's ultimate acceptance, or actually embrace, of her fate is detailed meticulously in the endgame conversation between the soul-sick, world-weary author and the internist from whom her desperate husband, Leonard, has sought help." ---Kirkus
"In this vivid, deeply moving novel, Vincent brings us beyond the world of legend directly into the passions, the struggles, the ambitions and finally the genius that is Virginia Woolf." ---Alison Smith, author of Name all the Animals
"[A]n entirely fresh reading of Woolf's work, brought alive by a writer of considerable imagination, insight, and skill." ---Marya Hornbacher, author of Wasted and Madness
"The narrator did a fantastic job and helped my overall experience with the book to be enjoyable." ---Mixed Media Reviews