Sexing the Cherry is English author Jeanette Winterson's 1989 novel set in a semi-fictional seventeenth-century version of England. The story has been described as surreal or, in some cases, written in the genre of magical realism. It is, in both form and content, bizarre in many aspects.
The main characters of the story, Jordan and Dog-Woman, alternate as narrators of the tale. Dog-Woman raises dogs in London. Jordan, meanwhile, is her adopted son she fished out of the River Thames; his name, Jordan, she gave to him because she "wanted to give him a river name" and "a child can't be called Thames, no and not Nile either."
Dog-Woman is devoutly loyal to the Crown and happily murders anti-monarchists. Jordan, meanwhile, is often consumed in his imagination with voyages he takes around the world to strange and exotic lands, eventually becoming smitten with a dancer named Fortunata whom he meets on one of these journeys.
Later, the story finds Jordan transported to the modern era with the tale beginning to split between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries before the two timelines are ultimately merged and reconciled.