The Stone Gods

Publisher: Vintage Canada
A glimpse into unlikely love braved in the face of the void. On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet–pristine and habitable, like our own 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie and Spike are falling in love. What will happen when their story combines with the world’s story, as they whirl towards Planet Blue, into the future? Will they–and we–ever find a safe landing place?

Of immense imaginary and emotional scope, The Stone Gods is Jeanette Winterson at her prescient, playful, muscular best. An interplanetary love story, a traveller’s tale, a hymn to the beauty of the world, this is a novel that will change forever the stories we tell about the earth, about love and about stories themselves.

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This new world weighs a yatto-gram.

But everything is trial-size; tread-on-me tiny or blurred-out-of-focus huge. There are leaves that have grown as big as cities, and there are birds that nest in cockleshells. On the white sand there are long-toed clawprints deep as nightmares, and there are rock pools in hand-...
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“Everything she does suspends readers between the mind and the body, between ‘atom and dream.’ She is a kind of magician. She can do anything.” Ali Smith

“Written in lilting, beautiful, crisply modulated prose. . .The Stone Gods is a playful but impassioned novel.” The Times (UK)

“A vivid, cautionary tale–or, more precisely, a keen lament for our irremediably incautious species.” Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian (UK)

“Scary, beautiful, witty and wistful by turns, dipping into the known past as it explores potential futures.... Winterson’s story transcends the established facts and common fantasies; it becomes art.... Winterson is an unquestionably virtuoso stylist.... Read The Stone Gods for new discoveries in language, love and what it means to be human.” The New York Times Book Review

“This witty, challenging and thought-provoking novel should be essential reading for anyone concerned with how we live and how we might survive.” Daily Mail

“Winterson’s most engrossing and adventurous novel in some years.... If she keeps on like this, there may be a glimmer of hope for the future after all.” The Daily Telegraph

“Prize-winning Brit Winterson applies her fantastical touch to a sci-fi, postapocalyptic setting. Heroine Billie Crusoe appears in three different end-of-the-world scenarios, allowing Winterson to explore the repetitive and destructive nature of human history and an inability (or unwillingness) of people to learn from previous mistakes.” Publishers Weekly

The Stone Gods contains bold scientific hypotheses, enough anger to topple mountains and the imaginative assurance of a sleepwalker pirouetting on a tight wire. . . . while this emotionally charged dream is sustained over considerable time (about 65 million years), it feels heart-stoppingly immediate on nearly every page.... chilling and fulfilling.” Los Angeles Times

“A stunning moral fable for our times.... Winterson has written a beautifully modulated encomium to art and love, an epic elegy for our culture. . . . Sentence by sentence this novel simply sings.... A wondrously savage and gorgeous work of fiction.” –Ottawa Citizen

“Moral seriousness anchoring the playfulness.... The Stone Gods is entertaining, thought provoking and deftly paved. But the greatest pleasure of Winterson’s work is her language, which ranges from tartly aphoristic to rhapsodically lyrical.” Toronto Star

“In this dense but also curiously spacious novel, Winterson dives deep into her well of crazy wisdom.... She compresses and blows the passage of history and literature past the reader at something like the speed of sound. Her established gift for manipulating time, character and language is nothing short of spectacular here.” The Globe and Mail

“Winterson is such a masterful storyteller, her prose so perfectly cadenced, that readers are swept along through a structure that is complex and often puzzling. At times, reading The Stone Gods is like travelling through a lovely maze set with mirrors. You’re never sure whether you're going forward or back. In the end, you realize it doesn’t matter.... Whatever world Winterson takes us to, the scene is reassuringly, horrifyingly human.” The Gazette

“[Winterson’ s] novels tend to read like spells or incantations and her latest, The Stone Gods, runs true to type.... As always, her thoughts on these subjects are couched in language of thrilling richness and invention; we are reminded that Winterson is a pasticheuse of brilliance, a tender writer on animals and states of longing, an ingenious cartographer of imaginary worlds.” National Post