A baby left in a BabyHatch in New Bohemia, America, is found by a man and his son and taken home to be cared for as their own.
Seventeen years later ruined lives collide with each other across time.
The Gap Of Time follows its original closely enough to be recognisable (you get a helpful synopsis of The Winter’s Tale at the beginning of the book for anyone who is not familiar with it), but Jeanette Winterson brings her own poetry to it and sets time as the main player into which forgiveness is the only answer.
“And the moment that looks like the rest is the one where hearts are broken or healed. and time that runs so steady and sure runs wild outside of the clocks. It takes so little time to change a lifetime and it takes a lifetime to understand the change.”
The character of Leo is unremittingly arrogant and self-centred to the point of destruction: not only his own life but those around him as well. Some will undoubtedly say that he deserves no forgiveness.
The lives of Leo’s wife, Mimi, a French singer, and his best friend Xeno, a wistful video game designer, swirl around in a vortex created by Leo, spiralling out of control.
But as ever when adults behave like children it is the children who also suffer. Milo and Perdita’s lives are changed beyond repair. There is no going back; or is there?