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Why be happy when you could be normal?

By: Winterson, Jeanette

030740126X / 9780307401267
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230 pages
Copy: 10%; print: 10%
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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.From the Hardcover edition.


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