Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's "late plays." It tells the story of Leontes, King of Sicily, whose insane jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter, Perdita, from the kingdom and then the death of his beautiful wife, Hermione. Perdita is brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of miraculous events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited.
In Jeanette Winterson's retelling we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crash, to a storm-ravaged city in the US called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, video games and the elliptical nature of time. It tells in a hyper-modern way, full of energy and beauty, of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and love, redemption and a lost child on the other.
-- Finalist, Lambda Literary Award
Jeanette Winterson OBE has written ten novels, children s books, non-fiction works, 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."