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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanette Winterson Narrator: Jeanette Winterson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jeanette Winterson's bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most acclaimed books of the last three decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is considered one of the most important books in contemporary fiction. Jeanette's adoptive mother loomed over her life until Jeanette finally moved out at sixteen because she was in love with a woman. As Jeanette left behind the strict confines of her youth, her mother asked, Why be happy when you could be normal?

This memoir is the chronicle 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 religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser drawer; about growing up in a north England industrial town in the 1960s and 1970s; and about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, which Winterson thought she had written over and repainted, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about literature, one that shows how fiction and poetry can guide us when we are lost. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging - for love, identity, and a home.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan | 2/5/2014

    " This was a notable book with the American LIbrary Association. It has a great title and the photo of a cute little girl on the front, but it left me lacking. I wanted more facts about her life and less musings and literary reference. I wanted to know more about what happened to her adoptive mother and her father's new life. So many references to another book "Oranges Aren't the only fruit" made me think I should have been reading it instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen | 1/31/2014

    " This wasn't just another story of a bad childhood. Winterson tells her story with humor and depth. She gives lots of credit for her survival to librarians, writers and poets...about which she spoke in detail. And I appreciated her philosphical meanderings and search to understand her pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacey | 1/29/2014

    " Audio book, read by the author. More like 3.5 than 4, but I always love her language and intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathalie Hood | 1/22/2014

    " I cheated and listened to this as an audio book, I don't think I would have got through it otherwise but glad I listened as it was very informative about the author. I thought it was going to more like a novel, a sequel to 'Oranges are not the Only Fruit' but its not, it's more like a documentary. "

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