Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Acclaimed novelist Winterson (The Battle of the Sun, 2010, etc.) revisits her difficult childhood as an adoptee, chronicling the search for her biological mother.The author ponders her youth and examines how those challenging years changed and shaped her as an adult. Frequently locked out on the doorstep by her abusive, Pentecostal, adoptive mother or often told she was "a fault to heaven, a fault ... Read full review

Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Editorial Review - - Norah Piehl

Full disclosure: I normally don't enjoy reading memoirs. Unless the writer is spectacularly gifted, unless the subject is approached from an interesting angle, unless the narrative arc is as compelling as fiction, I'd rather sit down with a good novel or some more stimulating nonfiction any day. Fortunately, Jeanette Winterson's WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? fulfills all my criteria for a ... Read full review

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