Why be Happy when You Could be Normal?
In 1985 Jeanette Winterson's first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It was Jeanette's version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival.
This book is that story's the silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true.
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Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?User Review - Lareign - Goodreads
I could quote half the book as an example of how amazing and thoughtful and brilliant she is. Sometimes I would just read a paragraph or a page and have to step back for a minute to absorb it. She's so good at capturing the duality of her life, her mother, everything. Read full review
Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?User Review - Wesley - Goodreads
The reason I picked up this book was because it was featured in the university bookstore, but more importantly, because the title was so striking. I had high hopes for the book because of that. I ... Read full review