Mankind?

Last night I took home the galley (galleys are uncorrected proofs of books sent out by publishers) of one of Jeanette Winterson's latest novels, The Stone Gods. I love Winterson's writing, in part because of the precision with which she writes about concepts like language, gender, sexuality, power... 

So it was awfully strange to read the opening sentence of the book's description... 

Mankind has rendered its planet unlivable and is beginning to colonize a new blue planet.

Now I know authors aren't responsible for the text describing their own books, but WTF? I'd think the folks at Harcourt (Winterson's publisher) would have a firm enough grasp of her work to be more careful in their word choices.

Crossing my fingers that the final copy of the book was changed... 

 

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