Gut Symmetries | Granta

  • Published: 04/04/2013
  • ISBN: 9781847087317
  • 129x20mm
  • 240 pages

Gut Symmetries

Jeanette Winterson

Travelling across the Atlantic on board the QE2, Alice – a bright, young physicist – meets Jove, short for Giovanni, one of the world’s most respected experts on time travel and a confirmed lothario. By the time the pair land in New York, Alice has become Jove’s mistress, an affair of the heart which is only complicated further when Alice meets Jove’s, wife, Stella; a tempestuous beauty born with a diamond at the base of her spine. As this love triangle turns into a menage-a-trois, Alice, Stella and Jove struggle against the currents immersing them, while their romance pulls into its wake the stories of other generations, philosophies, quantum physics and time travel.

A celebration of the human heart in all its frailty, confusion and excess, Gut Symmetries is a lyrical evocation of parallel lives, loves and universes, from one of Britain’s best loved authors.

Winterson's sense of place and power of description have never been better- it is as though her previous works of fiction have been exercises working up to this achievement. One senses her mastery on each page

The Times

A writer who is not only deeply in love with the English language but well capable of making it do just what she wants

Robert McCrum, Observer

A gaudy, gorgeous celebration of the ever-connecting energies that run between the soul and the material, the self and the universe ... the spirit of it is irresistible. It is Winterson's most vital work for years

Ali Smith, Scotsman

The Author

Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including Oranges are not the Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing the Cherry; a book of short stories, The World and Other Places; a collection of essays, Art Objects as well as many other works, including children’s books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d’argent at Cannes Film Festival. She lives in London and Gloucestershire.

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