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In a remarkable reimagining of Sylvia Plath's final months, Kate Moses offers historical fiction at its best. Through the scenes, thoughts, and conversations she creates, Plath's mind is deeply plumbed, revealing more about the troubled poet than we could ever learn through more conventional accounts.
For most readers, the events of Plath's life are legendary. As a young woman, she suffered from mental illness and tried to commit suicide. Ostensibly "cured," she married English poet Ted Hughes and moved to London. Within a few years, however, Hughes left her for another woman. Plath struggled to endure before finally taking her own life at age 30.
Written in a diary format, Wintering describes the events of December 1962, when Plath was settling into a London apartment, trying to nurse herself and her two young children through the flu and seeking help from her estranged husband. Interspersed with these chapters are early scenes of her marriage, when she was both embracing domesticity and regretting that her family's care took precedence over her life's work, poetry. Her conflict is that of many modern women, but Plath's isolation is severe, her pain palpable.
Wintering brings Sylvia Plath to vibrant life, and readers will find themselves hunting down copies of both Plath's and Hughes's poetry, regretting once again that this talented woman's life ended so tragically -- and so prematurely. (Spring 2003 Selection)