Wintering by Kate Moses
A Novel of Sylvia Plath

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This is the story of a woman forging a new life for herself after her marriage has foundered, shutting up her beloved Devonshire house and making a home for her two young children in London, elated at completing the collection of poems she foresees will make her name. It is also the story of a woman struggling to maintain her mental equilibrium, to absorb the pain of her husband's betrayal and to resist her mother's engulfing love. It is the story of Sylvia Plath.

In this deeply felt novel, Kate Moses recreates Sylvia Plath's last months, weaving in the background of her life before she met Ted Hughes through to the disintegration of their relationship and the burst of creativity this triggered. It is inspired by Plath's original ordering and selection of the poems in Ariel, which begins with the word 'love' and ends with 'spring,' a mythic narrative of defiant survival quite different from the chronological version edited by Hughes. At Wintering's heart, though, lie the two weeks in December when Plath finds herself still alone and grief-stricken, despite all her determined hope. With exceptional empathy and lyrical grace, Moses captures her poignant, untenable and courageous struggle to confront not only her future as a woman, an artist and a mother, but the unbanished demons of her past.

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Kate Moses was born in San Francisco in 1962 to a British father and an American mother, and grew up in various parts of the United States before returning to California to attend university. She subsequently worked as an editor in publishing and as literary director at San Francisco's Intersection for the Arts, and in 1997 became one of the two founding editors of's Mothers Who Think website, which led to the American Book Award-winning anthology Mothers Who Think, co-edited with Camille Peri. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two children. Wintering is her first novel.
Published February 11, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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The last days of poet Sylvia Plath, as seen by a co-editor of the anthology Mothers Who Think (as well as co-founder of’s feature of the same name).

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HThis exceptional first novel, shot through with a fierce poetic luminosity that almost matches that of Moses's much-written-about subject, covers the last few months of the poet's life as

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Wintering by Kate Moses 352pp, Sceptre, £14.99 This novel attempts to recreate the last two years of the life of Sylvia Plath, and so it enters ground that is not just well trodden, but churned by the boots of a million visitors.

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She states that she had no 'interest or intention' in fictionalising Plath until, suffering from writer's block on a discarded draft of her debut novel she opened Plath's journal at random and read: 'I write as if an eye were upon me.' Suddenly, says Moses: 'I knew whose eye was upon me - Sylvia ...

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