The Gap of Time

A Novel

by Jeanette Winterson

The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s “late plays.” It tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his beautiful wife. His daughter is found and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast, but through a series of extraordinary events, father and daughter, and eventually mother too, are reunited.

In The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale, we move from London, a city reeling after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. Her story is one of childhood friendship, money, status, technology and the elliptical nature of time. Written with energy and wit, this is a story of the consuming power of jealousy on the one hand, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child on the other.


From the Hardcover edition.


Recent Reviews

The Gap of Time

ashley reems

5 Stars

This book is very suspenseful and full of so many weird twists and turns. It will certainly keep you intrigued. I don't want to give out too much information but this book was so good. I was drawn in from the first 3 pages and made sure to…

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"Whatever is lost will be found."

Kitty Maschan

5 Stars

Admittedly, I have never read or seen The Winter's Tale so I wasn't sure what to expect from the storyline. I will also admit that I tend to go into reading modern renditions of classic or Shakespearean works with skepticism and high…

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Great Book

Rachel Michelle

4.5 Stars

In "The Gap of Time," Jeanette Winterson composes a "cover version" of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," one of his late plays -…

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Amateurish Work

Abhijith Jayakumar

1.5 Stars

You know the work is amateurish, when the author does not have consistency in the book. For example, one of the main characters in the book is named "Xeno" but on Page 43, the author changes the spelling to "Zeno". Well, it does't change the…

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Ohbooklife reviews The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

Kayleen Moore

3.5 Stars

The Gap of Time was supposed to be a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Winters Tale but because I have not read the original I couldn't really compare the two. I have received this novel from Blogging for Books in exchange for an…

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