Apprenticed to Venus : My Secret Life with Anaïs Nin
Overview - Named a "Best Summer Read" by Elle Magazine A Revealing Look at the Mentorship--and Manipulation--of Ana s Nin In 1962, eighteen-year-old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Ana s Nin's West Village apartment. Read more...
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Named a "Best Summer Read" by Elle Magazine A Revealing Look at the Mentorship--and Manipulation--of Ana s Nin In 1962, eighteen-year-old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Ana s Nin's West Village apartment. The chance meeting would change the course of her life and begin her years as Ana s's accomplice, keeping her mentor's confidences--including that of her bigamy--even after Ana s Nin's death and the passing of her husbands, until now. Set in the underground literary worlds of Manhattan and Los Angeles during the sixties and seventies, Tristine charts her coming of age under the guidance of the infamous Ana s Nin: author of the erotic bestseller Delta of Venus, lover to Henry Miller, Parisian diarist, and feminist icon of the sexual revolution. As an inexperienced college-bound girl from the San Fernando Valley, Tristine was dazzled by the sophisticated bohemian author and sought her instruction in becoming a woman. Tristine became a fixture of Ana s's inner circle, implicated in the mysterious author's daring intrigues--while simultaneously finding her own path through love, lust, and loss. From personal memories to dramatized scenarios based on Ana s's revelations to the author, Apprenticed to Venus blurs the lines between novel and memoir to bring to life a seductive and entertaining character--the pioneer whose mantra was, "A woman has as much right to pleasure as a man "