Frankissstein (Paperback)

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Such a difficult book to describe!  Delighted it is in paperback now!  A young, transgendered doctor named Ry is falling in love with a mad scientist Victor Stein who is currently leading the world debate around AI and conducting some rather interesting experiments of his own.  I go way back with Winterson as a reader: her debut Oranges are Not The Only Fruit is in my top 100 reads of all time and then she lost me for awhile in the past few years when her work became more experimental and less story-driven.  It was interesting, but felt cold to me.  This is the Winterson I adore: bold, raunchy, brilliant, brainy, and laugh-out-loud funny all in one go.  Great for an alternative Halloween read or something to spice up your book club.  Just a great, strange and sexy read!  

— From Kelly


Since her astonishing debut at twenty-five with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success as "one of the most daring and inventive writers of our time" (Elle). Her new novel, Frankissstein, is an audacious love story that weaves together disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love.

Lake Geneva, 1816. Nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley is inspired to write a story about a scientist who creates a new life-form. In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI and carrying out some experiments of his own in a vast underground network of tunnels. Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with his mom again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere. Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead... but waiting to return to life.

What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? In fiercely intelligent prose, Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realize. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

About the Author

Jeanette Winterson CBE was born in Manchester, England. After graduating from Oxford University she published her first novel at 25, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, to widespread acclaim and a BAFTA for her BBC TV adaption. Twenty-seven years later she revisited that material in the bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? She has written 10 novels for adults, as well as children's books, non-fiction and screenplays. She is Professor of New Writing at the University of Manchester. She believes that art is for everyone and it is her mission to prove it.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802149398
ISBN-10: 0802149391
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2020
Language: English