"After immersing herself in the thousands of letters exchanged by Vanessa's social circle, Parmar proceeded to invent a diary for Vanessa, along with a series of letters, postcards and telegrams that bring dimension and vitality to her headstrong entourage," it said.
Parmar's narrative spans nearly eight years in the early adult lives of the sisters, from 1905 to 1912 beginning with a February 23, 1905, diary entry by Vanessa. "Parmar's fabricated journal is an uncanny success," the Times review said. "Its entries, plausible and graceful, are imbued with the same voice that can be found in letters by or about Vanessa." "And Parmar's decision to interleave the invented diary with invented correspondence heightens the authentic feel of the portrait," it said. In "Vanessa and Her Sister", the Times said, "Parmar gives truth and definition to the character of a woman whose nature was as elusive as her influence was profound. She has caught the phantom." Author of one previous novel, "Exit the Actress," Parmar divides her time between Hawaii and London.