Jeanette Winterson

reading sexing the cherry

A book of high imagination and multiple storylines: mother, son, explorer, advocate, murderer. A book of philosophy, humanizing, questions. An expanded allegory maintained with touchstone images. A mother yearning for her son. Her son escaping to the high seas. Not escaping exactly. Called. What he discovers about himself, the world. The brutal mother, oversized, raising her dogs. rescuing the downtrodden. Language like a daydream. "Sexing the cherry" refers to the grafting of plants, combining separate plant parts to create a new, stronger speciman