Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Category: Book
By (author): Winterson, Jeanette
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: July 2012
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.99in x 5.18in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

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.

Review Quote*"Winterson makes the pages sing.... A moving, artfully constructed piece of writing that sustains tension until the last sentence." The Globe and Mail

"The finest and most hopeful memoir to emerge in many years." The Times (UK)

"Winterson recounts her bizarre and often brutal upbringing with verve, wit and compassion.... Blazingly good." Daily Mail (Best Book)

"The memoir is brave and beautiful, a testament to the forces of intelligence, heart and imagination." The Spectator
Biographical Note

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 Sexing the Cherry, The Passion, Written on the Body, and The PowerBook, have also gone on to receive great international acclaim. She lives in London and the Cotswolds.