Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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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 belongingfor love, identity, home, and a mother.
From Publishers Weekly
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I was fortunate enough to have received this book from my librarian wife. I was touched by the bravery and sheer tenacity of this author. I can't wait to read her other works. A rare jewel this one!
A good perspective
This was a good book; gave me a unique perspective on how life must have been growing up with a religious nut as a mother. My experience was so different, I have trouble believing someone could be so cruel to a child but then again, maybe not so unbelievable. We are all searching for our truth and history and that's exactly where the author takes us, with her in her journey to find herself; her truth, and history.
Good read, as always. Her craft is a big gentle hand despite the difficult circumstances in this memoir. She handles words well.