Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Kobo ebook | October 25, 2011

byJeanette Winterson

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Heartbreaking and funny: the true story behind Jeanette's bestselling and most beloved novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

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. She thought she had written over the painful past until it returned to haunt her and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. 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.

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Heartbreaking and funny: the true story behind Jeanette's bestselling and most beloved novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.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...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 25, 2011Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030740126X

ISBN - 13:9780307401267

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nature vs. nurture is the centre of this novel which I struggled to read at first yet fell in love with as I kept on. The author provides an autobiographical story of adoption and abuse in one of the most honest descriptions of impact on relationships I've ever read. Despite her destructive behaviours one can't help but route for this tortured soul. My first book by Winterson but I'm looking forward to reading more.
Date published: 2014-02-15