Jeanette Winterson OBE was born in Manchester in 1959. She is the author of over twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Tanglewreck, Art Objects and The Stone Gods. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit won her the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, and Winterson adapted the novel for television in 1990. She has also been the recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E.M. Forster Award and two Lambda Literary Awards, which are given to works that explore LGBTQ issues. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.%%%Jeanette Winterson OBE, whose writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and the E.M. Forster Award, is the author of some of the most purely imaginative and pleasurable novels of recent times, from Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit to her first book for children, Tanglewreck. She is also the author of the essays Art Objects. Visit her website at www.jeanettewinterson.com
On the heels of a critical book about her work (Jeanette Winterson: A Contemporary Critical Guide) comes this ninth novel by Winterson (Sexing the Cherry). Taking on humanity's mindless reliance on technology and the resulting environmental devastation, the story opens in a future where the ability to genetically "fix" oneself at any age is but one example of how new solutions create new problems-in this case, men desiring ever younger females. But such dilemmas pale in the face of one overwhelming reality: humans have worn out the planet. So they decide to move to Planet Blue. Unfortunately, doing so proves much more difficult than anticipated. This book is a tour de force that skips backward in time, with all sections involving a woman named Billie or a man named Billy, reinforcing the theme that we repeat our mistakes, that "Everything is imprinted forever with what it once was." Billie is a fascinating character, as is her beloved Spike, the first Robo sapiens. While some readers might not care for the kaleidoscopic structure or eroticism, this beautifully written book is nevertheless recommended for all libraries.-Evelyn Beck, Piedmont Technical Coll., Greenwood, SC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Playful but impassioned... Winterson cloaks her disillusionment
with our political excesses in a sustained, imaginative jeu
d'esprit. Her writing is funny and beautiful * The Times *
This witty, challenging and thought-provoking novel should be essential reading for anyone concerned with how we live and how we might survive -- Daily Mail
Prize-winning Brit Winterson applies her fantastical touch to a sci-fi, postapocalyptic setting. Heroine Billie Crusoe appears in three different end-of-the-world scenarios, allowing Winterson to explore the repetitive and destructive nature of human history and an inability (or unwillingness) of people to learn from previous mistakes. In the first section, inhabitants of the pollution-choked planet Orbus have discovered Planet Blue (Earth), and soon set about launching an asteroid at it to kill the dinosaurs that would prevent them from colonizing the planet. The second and third sections are set on Earth in 1774 and then in the "Post-3 War" era. Though passionate condemnations of global warming and war appear frequently, the book also contains a triptych love story: Billie meets Spike, a female "Robo sapien" capable of emotion and evolution, and falls (reluctantly) in love with her. In each of the scenarios, Billie and Spike (or versions of them) fall in love anew while encroaching annihilation looms in the background. Winterson's lapses into polemic can be tedious, but her prose-as stunning, lyrical and evocative as ever-and intelligence easily carry the book. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.