Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

July 31, 2012|
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
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In 1985, at twenty-five, Jeanette published Oranges, the story of a girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, supposed to grow up to be a missionary. Instead, she falls in love with a woman. Disaster. 

Oranges became an international bestseller, inspired an award-winning BBC adaptation, and was semi-autobiographical. Mrs. Winterson, a thwarted giantess, loomed over the novel and the author''s life. When Jeanette left home at sixteen because she was in love with a woman, Mrs. Winterson asked her: Why be happy when you could be normal? This is Jeanette''s story--acute, fierce, celebratory--of a life''s work to find happiness: a search for belonging, love, identity, a home. About a young girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night, and a mother waiting for Armageddon with two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer; about growing up in a northern industrial town; about the Universe as a Cosmic Dustbin. It is also about other people''s stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.

A novelist whose honours include England’s Whitbread Prize, and the American Academy’s E. M. Forster Award, as well as the Prix d’argent at the Cannes Film Festival, JEANETTE WINTERSON burst onto the literary scene as a very young woman in 1985 with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Her subsequent novels, including Sexi...
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Title:Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5.18 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5.18 X 0.68 in
Published:July 31, 2012
Publisher:Knopf Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780307401250

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