Vladimir

Julia May Jonas

£14.99

Jo recommends: 

“This is a bold and juicy debut novel about female transgression, desire and power. While her husband faces multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from students, our narrator, a female professor on the same campus, begins an obsession with a younger male colleague which also ignites her thirst for literary success. Julia May Jonas flips the trope of the usual campus novel with a morally ambiguous female narrator, and explores female entitlement, ageing and body image and the subversive power of a  flawed, complicated ‘invisible’ older woman. Dark, funny and unsparingly incisive, this is one of the page turners of the year!”

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Propulsive, darkly funny, and surreptitiously moving, Vladimir maps the personal and political minefield of our current moment, exposing the messy contradictions of power and desire.

‘If Netflix’s The Chair, Lisa Taddeo’s best-seller Three Women, and the most compelling passages of Ottessa Moshfegh’s Death in Her Hands had a love child (just go with me here), it would be this fiction debut. With a title character who’s a sought-after young novelist new to a college faculty, Vladimir leaves the reader with more questions than answers – about sex, and sexual politics – in the most delicious way.’ – Entertainment Weekly

A provocative, razor-sharp, and timely debut novel about a beloved English professor facing a slew of accusations against her professor husband by former students – a situation that becomes more complicated when she herself develops an obsession of her own . . .

When I was a child, I loved old men, and I could tell that they also loved me.

And so we meet our deliciously incisive narrator: a popular English professor whose husband, a charismatic professor at the same small liberal arts college, is under investigation for his inappropriate relationships with his former students. The couple have long had a mutual understanding when it comes to their extramarital pursuits, but with these new allegations, life has become far less comfortable for them both. And when our narrator becomes increasingly infatuated with Vladimir, a celebrated, married young novelist who’s just arrived on campus, their tinder-box world comes dangerously close to exploding.

With her bold, edgy, and uncommonly assured literary debut, Julia May Jonas takes us into charged territory, where the strictures of morality bump up against the impulses of the human heart. Propulsive, darkly funny, and surreptitiously moving, Vladimir maps the personal and political minefield of our current moment, exposing the messy contradictions of power and desire.

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