Frankissstein (Hardcover)

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Ryan's October 2019 pick, 1 of 2

A modern reimagining of Frankenstein told in two timelines. One, in the 1800s as Mary Shelley writes her famous novel. The other in modern day England as transgender Dr. Ry Shelley falls in love with the eccentric and brilliant Victor Stein.
At times steamy and explicit, and other times stifling and proper, this novel is fascinating and unique. It blurs the line between fantasy and reality as novel characters turn up in real life and history repeats itself or timelines converge or universes overlap or some other explanation for the strange occurrences that take place. Whatever the true explanation, this book is a smart read that will have you chuckling and scratching your head and pondering artificial intelligence and bringing the dead back to life.

— From Ryan Elizabeth Clark


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: 9780802129499
ISBN-10: 0802129498
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English