''Sexing The Cherry'' is a 1989 novel, a surrealist work of historical fiction by Jeanette Winterson. The "present" of the novel is arguably the 17th century, with references to [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfStuart Charles I, King of England]] and [[UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar Oliver Cromwell]] as contemporary figures.

It follows two main characters: Dog Woman and her adopted son Jordan through their journeys and searches for love. Dog Woman is a grotesque and outspoken woman who hates the Puritan church and Jordan is an idealistic dreamer who is chasing after a princess he loves who may or may not exist. The novel is criticized for its ending which to some people feels tacked on.

!! This novel contains examples of

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Dog Woman to the boy she loves in her youth.
* AllAbusersAreMale: Suggested somewhat {{Anvilicious}}ly.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Averted with Dog Woman, played straight with the Puritans.
* CorruptChurch: The Puritan church.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Dog Woman for the most part has a low opinion of men despite being mostly heterosexual, Jordan being an exception.
* TheGrotesque: See "squick."
* MeaningfulName: Jordan was named after a river, which Dog Woman regrets.
* SexEqualsLove: The words "sex" and "love" are used rather interchangeably. Love that is not filled with sex doesn't seem to count.