Sexing the Cherry (1989) is a novel by Jeanette Winterson. Set in 17th century London, Sexing the Cherry is about the journeys of a mother, known as The Dog Woman, and her protégé, Jordan. They journey in a space-time flux: across the seas to find exotic fruits such as bananas and pineapples; and across time, with glimpses of "the present" and references to Charles I of England and Oliver Cromwell. The mother’s physical appearance is somewhat "grotesque". She is a giant, wrapped in a skirt big enough to serve as a ship’s sail and strong enough to fling an elephant. She is also hideous, with smallpox scars in which fleas live, a flat nose and foul teeth. Her son, however, is proud of her, as no other mother can hold a good dozen oranges in her mouth all at once. Ultimately, their journey is a journey in search of The Self.
Sexing the Cherry: she played a conservative congresswoman in The West Wing and is an FBI agent in the upcoming Ocean's Twelve. Now veteran stage actor Cherry Jones is playing a nun--on TV and on the stage--and wait till you find out what's under her habit.(Interview)
Dec 01, 2004; When theater luminary Cherry Jones returned to the stage in Boston for the title role in Lysistrata, Aristophanes' bawdy...