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Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?
Author: Jeanette Winterson

ISBN: 9780099556091
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 12 April 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5
Description:
The shocking, heart-breaking - and often very funny - true story behind Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, was published. It tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents. The girl is supposed to grow up and be a missionary. Instead she falls in love with a woman. Disaster. Written when Jeanette was only twenty-five, her novel went on to win the Whitbread First Novel award, become an international bestseller and inspire an award-winning BBC television adaptation. Oranges was semi-autobiographical. Mrs Winterson, a thwarted giantess, loomed over that novel and its author's life. When Jeanette finally left her home, at sixteen, because she was in love with a woman, Mrs Winterson asked her: why be happy when you could be normal? This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother, who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the duster drawer, waiting for Armageddo...

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