The Gap of Time: The Winter's Tale Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)
I saw the strangest sight tonight.
New Bohemia. America. A storm. A black man finds a white baby abandoned in the night. He gathers her up " light as a star" and decides to take her home.
London. England. After the financial crash. Leo Kaiser knows how to make money but he doesn't know how to manage the jealousy he feels towards his best friend and his wife. Is the newborn baby even his?
New Bohemia. 17 years later. A boy and a girl are falling in love but there's a lot they don't know about who they are and where they come from.
Jeanette Winterson's cover version of The Winte's Tale vibrates with echoes of the original but tells a contemporary story where Time itself is a player in a game of high stakes that will either end in tragedy or forgiveness. It shows us that however far we have been separated, whatever is lost shall be found.
"Clever and beautiful...it soars" Financial Times "Emotionally wrought and profoundly intelligent it will pull you into its troubled, wise world of jealousy, paranoia, grief, revenge and forgiveness in some of the most stunning prose you'll read this year ... Winterson masterfully interweaves layers of narrative and themes so that reading the novel is like listening to a Bach prelude and fugue ... A supremely clever, compelling and emotionally affecting novel that deserves multiple readings to appreciate its many layers." -- Hannah Beckerman Mail on Sunday "One of the most gifted writers working today... A shining delight of a novel... Winterson's great gift is in capturing the emotional heft of her stories with sentences that hum along, beautiful, unexpected and swift. Winterson wrestles wonderfully with a perplexing text and emerges with a complicated, satisfying and contemporary tale that stands wholly on its own." New York Times "A book of considerable beauty... Winterson's fiction is a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling" -- Rowan Williams New Statesman "There are passages here so concisely beautiful they give you goosebumps" Observer
Jeanette Winterson OBE has written 10 novels, children's books, non-fiction and screenplays, and writes regularly for the Guardian. She was adopted by Pentecostal parents and raised in Manchester to be a missionary, which she wrote about in her first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and twenty-seven years later in her bestselling memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? The Winter's Tale tells the story of Perdita, the abandoned child. 'All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter's Tale in many disguises for many years,' Jeanette says of the play. The result is The Gap of Time, her cover version.