Winterson, Jeanette

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Frankissstein: A Love Story

As the subtitle declares, this is a love story, paralleling the relationship between Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley and that between Ry and Victor. The forthright description of nonbinary choice forms a replete example of embracing transgender experience, and both Victor Stein and Victor Frankenstein are finally shown to be illusory characters, adding spookiness. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]

The Gap of Time

Separately, the narrators are surely worthy bards (richly, gravelly voiced Onwukwe is as magnificent as Shep); alas, their director's inability to create a coherent ensemble regrettably mars Winterson's otherwise remarkable Tale.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

An acclaimed British novelist, Winterson deftly writes of a rough childhood with her adoptive fundamentalist parents in a dark, industrial town...

The Daylight Gate

Recommended for fans of Winterson, an eclectic British writer whose first novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel. Those with a fascination for this dark era in history will be eager to read. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/13.]

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Winterson paints a detailed portrait of a life that saved itself in the face of lunacy and miserable parenting (with gratitude to those who lent a hand, including librarians)...

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