Night Side of the River

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A captivating collection of ghost stories from "one of the most gifted writers working today" (New York Times), The Night Side of the River is as ingeniously provocative as it is downright spooky.


In this delightfully chilling collection, the iconic Jeanette Winterson turns her fearless gaze to the realm of ghosts, interspersing her own encounters with the supernatural alongside hair-raising fictions. Lifting the veil between the living and the dead, Winterson spirits us away to a haunted estate that ensnares a nomadic young couple in its own dark past, a staged immersive ghost tour gone awry, a West Village séance that threatens the bounds between AI and reality, and a vacation home in the metaverse where a widow visits an improved version of her deceased husband. Gloriously gothic and unnervingly contemporary, Winterson examines grief, revenge, and the myriad ways in which technology can disrupt the boundary between life and death.


About the Author

Born in Manchester, England, Jeanette Winterson is the author of more than twenty books, including the national bestseller Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, and The Passion. She has won many prizes including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Stonewall Award.

Praise for Night Side of the River

A Most Anticipated Book of Autumn from The Times (UK)


"Memorable...These supernatural tales are satisfyingly disconcerting." -- Publishers Weekly

"A bewitching collection for readers of horror and mystery, with just the right twists." -- Booklist


Praise for Frankissstein


"Talky, smart, anarchic and quite sexy."-- New York Times


"Winterson has stitched together that rarest of beasts: a novel that is both deeply thought-provoking and provocative yet also unabashedly entertaining (I laughed out loud more times than I could count). Frankissstein, like its protagonist Ry, is a hybrid: a novel that defies conventional expectations and exists, brilliantly and defiantly, on its own terms."-- New York Times Book Review


"A brainy, batty story -- an unholy amalgamation of scholarship and comedy. [Winterson] manages to pay homage to Shelley's insight and passion while demonstrating her own extraordinary creativity... The dialogue is slick and funny, often delightfully obscene, but beneath all the kookiness, Winterson is satirizing sexual politics and exploring complicated issues of human desire... A bag of provocative tricks and treats. With diabolical ingenuity, [Winterson's] found a way to inject fresh questions about humanity's future into the old veins of Frankenstein."-- Washington Post


"A riotous reimagining with an energy and passion all of its own that reanimates Frankenstein as a cautionary tale for a contemporary moment dominated by debates about Brexit, gender, artificial intelligence and medical experimentation... While the story has a gripping momentum of its own, it also fizzes with ideas."--Financial Times


"Frankissstein is intellectually bracing and sexually explicit; a historical literary romp and a futuristic thriller. It, like its characters, rejects the binary."-- Los Angeles Times


"Spellbinding... artfully structured, unexpectedly funny, and impressively dynamic."-- Los Angeles Review of Books


"Devilishly scintillating and quite touching... buy and adore this astute, wildly inventive and totally unique book."-- San Francisco Chronicle


"A timeless writer... [Frankissstein is] brisk, romantic, sharp-humored."-- Wired


"Refreshingly, Jeanette Winterson's Frankissstein... is a wildly inventive reimagining of one of science fiction's most beloved stories... lyrical, gloriously raunchy, pulpy and absurd."--New Scientist


"Yes, the book we have all been waiting for. Yes, everything Winterson has always done so well. Yes, above and beyond anything that is yet to be written."--Daisy Johnson


"Hilarious but serious time-travel gambol with Frankenstein: modern doubles into AI, cryogenics, and sexbots. (Hint: Mod. Byron does not come out of it well.)"--Margaret Atwood



Praise for Jeanette Winterson


"Winterson is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent deeply abides." --Vanity Fair


"Winterson's voice, with its idiosyncratic wit and sensitivity, is one you've never heard before." --Ms.


"To read Jeanette Winterson is to love her." --O, the Oprah Magazine


"Jeanette Winterson's sentences become lodged in the brain for years, like song lyrics." --Slate


"Winterson writes with heartrending precision ... Ferociously funny and unfathomably generous...Magnificent."--Vogue


"[Winterson is] searingly honest yet effortlessly lithe as she slides between forms, exuberant and unerring, demanding emotional and intellectual expansion of herself and of us."--Elle


Publisher: Grove Press
Pub date: October 24, 2023
306 pages
Format: Hardcover