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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
 
 
Author
Jeanette Winterson.
Publisher Grove  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780802120106
Pages/Publication Date 230/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29168
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(One of the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2012) The Whitbread Prize–winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Lighthousekeeping, and The Stone Gods here offers a memoir about a life's work to find happiness. This is a book full of stories—about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about life in a north England industrial town that has since changed beyond recognition; and about growing up under the thumb of a religious zealot who kept two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon. When Jeanette Winterson moved out at 16, in love with a woman, her adoptive mother asked, "Why be happy when you can be normal?" Witty, fierce, and celebratory, this is Winterson's tough-minded search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and her biological mother.

"There is a sense at the end of this brave, funny, heartbreaking book that Winterson has somehow reconciled herself to the past. Without her adoptive mother, she wonders what she would be—Normal? Uneducated? Heterosexual?—and she doesn't much fancy the prospect.... She might have been happy and normal, but she wouldn't have been Jeanette Winterson. Her childhood was ghastly, as bad as Dickens's stint in the blacking factory, but it was also the crucible for her incendiary talent."—Sunday Times (London)

 
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