The Gap of Time

Yesterday I read Jeanette Winterson’s book The Gap of Time. I absolutely recommend. Winterson is the incredibly gifted author behind Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal, The Passion, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Written on The Body and many more. She is also an adoptee. Visit her site to learn more about her.

The Gap of Time is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s A Winters Tale. If you are not a fan of Will, do not let that deter you. The story is literary fiction with an adoption thread. Winterson covers baby hatches, Chinese adoption, and adoption reunion. This book is worth the read. I pulled a few quotes from it below.

Free will depends on being stronger than the moment that traps you. – Jeanette Winterson
(Suz: Wow, um, holy shit, yeah)

I discover grief is living with someone who is not there. – Jeanette Winterson

Adoption reunions. Everybody wants something they can never have. Life can’t unhappen. – Jeanette Winterson

What is a memory but a painful dispute with the past? – Jeanette Winterson

You think you’re living in the present but the past is right behind you like a shadow. – Jeanette Winterson

Read the book review on the NY Times. Buy the book at Barnes and Noble.

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