“Weight was so searingly fantastic that it completely overwhelmed my palate. . . . [A] little piece of genius, Weight . . . is her best book yet. . . . This novel utterly seduced me with its vast scope and decisive beauty. Full of daring and wildness, Winterson brilliantly takes Armstrong’s call for a new priesthood of novelists one step further. Weight reads like the vision of a prophet.”
Bethany Schneider, Newsday
The Myth of Atlas and Heracles
978-1-84195-799-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2006
“Dazzling . . .Winterson’s embrace of the mythic landscape is evident in her rich
imagery . . . cathartic . . . this short novel fulfills a number of the criteria myth is
meant to embody.” The New York Times Book Review
With wit and verve, Jeanette Winterson’s Weight brings Atlas into the space age and sets him free at last. In her retelling of the story of a god tricked into holding the world on his shoulders and his brief reprieve, she sets difficult questions about the nature of choice and coercion, and how we choose our own destiny and at the same time can liberate ourselves from our seeming fate.