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Apprenticed to Venus
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Apprenticed to Venus
My Secret Life with Anaïs Nin
In 1962, eighteen-year old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Anaïs Nin's Village apartment. The chance meeting would change the course of her life and begin her years as Anaïs's accomplice, keeping her mentor's confidences—including that of her bigamy—even after Anaïs 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 Anaïs Nin: lover to Henry Miller, Parisian diarist, feminist icon of the sexual revolution, and author of the erotic bestseller Delta of Venus. 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 Anaïs'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 Anaïs'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!"

An intimate look at the intricacies—and risks—of the female mentor-protégé relationship, Tristine Rainer's Apprenticed to Venus stories her deep friendship, for good or ill, with a pivotal figure in women's liberation.
In 1962, eighteen-year old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Anaïs Nin's Village apartment. The chance meeting would change the course of her life and begin her years as Anaïs's accomplice, keeping her mentor's confidences—including that of her bigamy—even after Anaïs 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 Anaïs Nin: lover to Henry Miller, Parisian diarist, feminist icon of the sexual revolution, and author of the erotic bestseller Delta of Venus. 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 Anaïs'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 Anaïs'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!"

An intimate look at the intricacies—and risks—of the female mentor-protégé relationship, Tristine Rainer's Apprenticed to Venus stories her deep friendship, for good or ill, with a pivotal figure in women's liberation.
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  • Tristine Rainer is a recognized expert on diary and memoir writing who has coached many writers to publication. She is the author of two renowned classics on autobiographic writing continuously in print: The New Diary (with a preface by Anaïs Nin) and Your Life as Story. She has also written and produced award-winning movies for television. Rainer taught memoir and creative nonfiction for eleven years in the USC Masters of Professional Writing Program, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit Center for Autobiographic Studies. She resides in California.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 24, 2017
    Rainer (Your Life as Story) blends memoir and imagination in this engaging examination of her relationship with author Anaïs Nin. “I call this book a novoir—a memoir with true characters and actual dialogue, but with the structure and stylistic elements of a novel,” Rainer says at the outset. Rainer first meets Nin in New York City in 1962 when her godmother sends her to pick up books from the famous diarist. Sheltered and virginal when she enters Nin’s circle, Rainer is shocked to discover that Nin is a bigamist with husbands on both coasts, but before long Rainer is covering for her mentor. When Nin’s The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931–1934 is published in 1966, Nin becomes a feminist superstar and icon of the sexual revolution. Rainer, too, is on her way, pursuing a doctorate in English literature at UCLA, with her mentor happily speaking to Rainer’s undergraduate students. Despite some ruptures between them, the pair remain close up until Nin’s death from cancer in 1977. While the line between truth and imagination in this book is hard to discern at times, Rainer still manages to take readers on a fascinating personal journey. Agent: Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management.

  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2017
    Getting to know lust, love, and Anais Nin (1903-1977).In 1962, a month before she turned 18, Rainer (Your Life as Story, 1997, etc.) met Cuban-born Nin, the noted diarist, famous lover of Henry Miller, and popular erotica author, at Nin's Greenwich Village apartment while on an errand for her godmother, Lenore Tawney, the noted fabric artist. Rainer was attending a Catholic high school and still a virgin. She met Nin's supportive husband, Hugo Guiler, Caresse Crosby, founder of Black Sun Press, and Nin's 30-something friend Jean-Jacques. In a Delta of Venus manner, the impressionable author describes how she went with them to a night club, danced, drank, smoked pot, and, later, experienced with Jean-Jacques what "today...would likely be considered a form of date rape." So begins her spicy and saucy hybrid of memoir and novel. This gives her the freedom to fictionalize events and encounters whenever she feels it appropriate. Over the next 15 years, up to Nin's death in 1977, she became a close friend and mentor to Rainer, encouraging her writing and advising her on lifestyle matters--mostly sexual. Rainer became a devotee of Nin's philosophy of life: "A woman has an equal right to pleasure as a man." She was dazzled by Nin's persona, beauty, and sexual history. When Rainer became a college professor--she eventually went on to co-found the UCLA Women's Studies Program--she was able to have Nin give talks to her students. She enjoyed her new life of sexual freedom, the parties, new friends, and trips, many to visit Nin's other husband in California, the "gorgeous" Rupert Pole, getting herself awkwardly involved in Nin's secret, two-husband juggling act. Over time, she realized that Nin was a "deeply flawed person--a narcissist, a bigamist, a liar, and a deviant," but she was also "so loveable." Feminists and fans of Nin's work will enjoy this unique insider's portrait of a complex, pivotal figure in women's liberation.

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  • Kirkus "[A] spicy and saucy hybrid of memoir and novel . . . Feminists and fans of Nin's work will enjoy this unique insider's portrait of a complex, pivotal figure in women's liberation."
  • Publisher's Weekly "Rainer blends memoir and imagination in this engaging examination of her relationship with author Anaïs Nin . . . a fascinating personal journey."
  • Bust Magazine "Mysterious, glamorous, intellectual . . . with vivid language and lush scenes, this memoir makes for an exciting read."
  • Janet Fitch, New York Times bestselling author of White Oleander "There are fateful decisions which mark one for life. Young Tristine Rainer's first encounter with charismatic, enigmatic Anaïs Nin unfolds into a decades-long apprenticeship suspenseful as a thriller. The advantages and perils of a mentor/apprentice relationship with such a seductive, brilliant and dangerous mentor is absolutely spellbinding. Revelations, especially toward the end of the book, changed my understanding of the Nin story"
  • Mark Sundeen, author of The Unsettlers "This stunning, achingly honest memoir confirms that the erotic is neither obscene nor ordinary, and that the heart's desire is both dangerous and innocent."
  • Jay Parini, author of Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal "This is one of those delicious memoirs one can't stop reading . . . Tristine Rainer takes us into the hot pulsing heart of Nin's world . . . an alluring as well as compulsively readable story."
  • Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self "The action-packed adventures of the larger-than-life Anaïs Nin and her young friend Tristine are vivid and glorious, but what broke my heart wide open were the haunting meditations on passion and devotion and the secrets that bond and bind us. A brave and beautiful work."
  • Chip Jacobs, author of Strange As It Seems: The Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler "Stunning, intoxicating, original. Apprenticed to Venus is nothing short of phenomenal, and we owe Tristine as much for her craftsmanship as we do Anaïs for flipping infidelity on its chauvinist head!"
  • Joanna Hodgkin, author of Amateurs in Eden: The Story of a Bohemian Marriage: Nancy and Lawrence Durrell "A fascinating introduction to an extraordinary woman who raised lying to an art form, but whose essential honesty transcends the falsehoods. A book that will challenge and enthrall."
  • Crystal King, author of Feast of Sorrow "An unforgettable, intimate narrative that brilliantly captures one of the most fascinating personalities of the twentieth century."
  • Anaïs Nin on The New Diary "A perceptive and revolutionary work."
  • Los Angeles Times on The New Diary "Extensively researched, useful...all you've wanted to know."
  • Publisher's Weekly on The New Diary "Perceptive and readable from start to finish."
  • Bernard Cooper, personal essayist and memoirist, author of Maps to Anywhere on Rainer's Your Life As a Story "A book both practical and inspiring. Rainer knows how to shape autobiography into art, and she shares this knowledge with clarity, enthusiasm, and a knack for choosing writers' words that best illustrate her point."
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