The Gap of Time is a brilliant contemporary rendition of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. MiMi, a famous singer living in London with her husband and son, is 8 months pregnant. Her husband, Leo, suspects that she is having an affair with his oldest and closest friend, Xeno, and believes that the child MiMi is carrying is not his. Leo has a bit of a psychotic break and tries to kill Xeno after a charity event. That night, MiMi gives birth to a baby girl who she names Perdita, which means little lost one. Leo still believes Perdita is not his child and decides to pay his gardener, Tony, to take Perdita to Xeno where he lives with his son, Zel. During this series of events, the first large tragedy strikes.
Perdita has been raised by Shep and his son Clo in New Bohemia, which used to be a French colony in Lousiana. She knows they found her and chose to raise her because they are black and she is white. They made sure that she grew up knowing she was loved and wanted because that is what Shep’s wife would have done if she was still alive. The story follows Perdita on her journey to find out who her birth parents are, though she repeatedly acknowledges that Shep is her father.
Admittedly, I have never read or seen The Winter’s Tale so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the storyline. I will also admit that I tend to go into reading modern renditions of classic or Shakespearean works with skepticism and high expectations. From beginning to end, Winterson did not disappoint! The characters are well developed and the plot is easy to follow, yet the story lost none of its Shakespearean tragedy and forgiveness. Overall, I rate The Gap of Time 5 out of 5 bookworms.
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