Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

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The most beguilingly seductive novel to date from the author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. Winterson chronicles the consuming affair between the narrator, who is given neither name nor gender, and the beloved, a complex and confused married woman. "At once a love story and a philosophical meditation."--New York Times Book Review.

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Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 and graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Her book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, is a semi-autobiographical account of her life as a child preacher (she wrote and gave sermons by the time she was eight years old). The book was the winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction and was made into an award-winning TV movie. The Passion won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for best writer under thirty-five, and Sexing the Cherry won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award.
Published January 1, 1993 by Knopf. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Can you write a compelling love story if you conceal the gender of one of the lovers?

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Rather, she teases readers out of their expectations about women and men and romance: Louise calls the narrator ``the most beautiful creature male or female that I have ever seen,'' and the narrator observes, ``I thought difference was rated to be the largest part of sexual attraction but there a...

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The Independent

'I love you more than life itself,' the narrator begins her farewell letter to Louise, yet the latter is an insubstantial figure, characterised by little more than her beauty and tendency to utter such remarks as 'Never say you love me until that day when you have proved it.' Winterson writes a...

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This fourth novel by one of Britain's premier young authors is told by a narrator of unspecified gender, a translator of Russian literature, who has had an inordinate amount of romantic involvements with both men and women.

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A Patchwork of Books

Because if your child is truly reading that far above grade level, yes, you either have to closely look at what books your kid reads (something that this mother finds unacceptable) or speak to people who know more about the books and already took a closer look.Anyway, what I also liked about Alex...

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