9780802120106

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

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  • ISBN13:

    9780802120106

  • ISBN10:

    0802120105

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-06
  • Publisher: Grove Press

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Summary

Jeanette Winterson’s novels have establishing her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most admired books of the past few 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 now often required reading in contemporary fiction. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It's 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, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past that Jeanette thought she'd written over and repainted rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and a mother.

Author Biography

Born in Manchester in 1959 and adopted into a firmly religious family, Jeanette Winterson put herself through higher education and studied at Oxford University. She is the author of numerous novels, including Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Sexing the Cherry, and The Passion. Winterson lives in Gloucestershire, UK. Visit her website at jeanettewinterson.com

Table of Contents

The Wrong Cribp. 1
My Advice to Anybody is: Get Bornp. 13
In The Beginning was the Wordp. 26
The Trouble with a Book...p. 33
At Homep. 44
Churchp. 65
Accringtonp. 85
The Apocalypsep. 100
English Literature A-Zp. 115
This is the Roadp. 131
Art and Liesp. 142
Intermissionp. 153
The Night Sea Voyagep. 155
This Appointment Takes Place in the Pastp. 178
Strange Meetingp. 207
The Woundp. 220
Codap. 226
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