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The highwire artist of the English novel redraws the romantic triangle for the post-Einsteinian universe, where gender is as elastic as matter, and any accurate Grand Unified Theory (GUT) must encompass desire alongside electromagnetism and gravity.

One starry night on a boat in the mid-Atlantic, Alice, a brilliant English theoretical physicist, begins an affair with Jove, her remorselessly seductive American counterpart. But Jove is married. When Alice confronts his wife, Stella, she swiftly falls in love with her, with consequences that are by turns horrifying, comic, and arousing. Vaulting from Liverpool to New York, from alchemy to string theory, and from the spirit to the flesh, Gut Symmetries is a thrillingly original novel by England's most flamboyantly gifted young writer.

"Winterson is unmatched among contemporary writers in her ability to conjure up new-world wonder...A beautiful, stirring and brilliant story."--Times Literary Supplement

"Dazzling for [its] intelligence and inventiveness...[Winterson] is possessed of a masterly command of the language and a truly pliant imagination."--Elle

"One of our most brilliant, visionary storytellers."--San Francisco Chronicle
Published: Random House Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9780307763631
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Alice, a young physicist, begins an affair with an older man, Jove, only to fall in love with his wife, Stella. The narrative moves back and forth in time and space, revealing the histories of each of the three lovers - Alice's unfulfilled father and eccentric grandmother, Jove's Italian chef mother, and Stella's German mother and Jewish mystic father. Gut Symmetries weaves together theoretical physics and the complicated passions and yearnings of its protagonists.more
Sometimes the language is so beautiful - I keep some of the sentences like treasures! Winterson sticks to her unique style, and I enjoy it.more
"Gut Symmetries" is about love. And physics. And geometry. And the infinite and the finite, and matter and what matters, and particles and monstrosities and life and time and death and the grinning skull in the mirror. It explores a relationship that swallows its own past, the ouroboros of human interaction. It is prods and pokes at the most sensitive underbelly, clinical yet caressing. Winterson seems to wield her pen with remarkable grace in this novel, and despite a few wrong turns she manages to weave together a story out of star dust. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is already familiar with Winterson's works.more
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Alice, a young physicist, begins an affair with an older man, Jove, only to fall in love with his wife, Stella. The narrative moves back and forth in time and space, revealing the histories of each of the three lovers - Alice's unfulfilled father and eccentric grandmother, Jove's Italian chef mother, and Stella's German mother and Jewish mystic father. Gut Symmetries weaves together theoretical physics and the complicated passions and yearnings of its protagonists.more
Sometimes the language is so beautiful - I keep some of the sentences like treasures! Winterson sticks to her unique style, and I enjoy it.more
"Gut Symmetries" is about love. And physics. And geometry. And the infinite and the finite, and matter and what matters, and particles and monstrosities and life and time and death and the grinning skull in the mirror. It explores a relationship that swallows its own past, the ouroboros of human interaction. It is prods and pokes at the most sensitive underbelly, clinical yet caressing. Winterson seems to wield her pen with remarkable grace in this novel, and despite a few wrong turns she manages to weave together a story out of star dust. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is already familiar with Winterson's works.more
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