At a glance:
- Author: Jeanette Winterson
- First Published: 1989
- Type of Work: Novel
- Time of Work: The seventeenth century and 1990
- Setting: London
- Characters: Jordan, The Dog-Woman, John Tradescant, Fortunata, Preacher Scroggs, Jack
- Genres: Long fiction, Fable, Fairy tale
- Subjects: Self-discovery, Voyages, Folkloric or magical people, Love or romance, Twentieth century, Supernatural, England or English people, Reality, Seventeenth century, London, Dancing or dancers, 1990's, Renaissance, Giants, Puritans or Puritanism, Fairy tales, Princes or princesses
- Locales: London, England
Sexing the Cherry is Jeanette Winterson’s third novel, following Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985) and The Passion (1988). A fantasy on the theme of discovery and renewal, it centers on a foundling, Jordan, who searchs with his mentor, John Tradescant, for new and exotic fruits and plants to bring back to the England of King Charles I. Jordan also embarks on more exotic voyages of the imagination.
Jordan’s name comes from the fact that his foster mother, the Dog-Woman, fished him out of the Thames, as the Pharaoh’s daughter rescued Moses from the Nile....
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