Wednesday September 23, 2020

Return to a loveless childhood

Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. Jonathan Cape, €17. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

15th January, 2012
Jeanette Winterson explores her tormented youth with devastating clarity.

Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson made her name with her autobiographical first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which was published when she was 25. Oranges charted her coming of age in a small North of England mining town, where she suffered a range of emotional and physical traumas at the hands of her adopted mother, an Evangelical Christian obsessed with the apocalypse.

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