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Grove Press
224 pages
Product Description
<DIV>Jeanette Winterson’s novels have established 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, <I>Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit</I>, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is now often required reading in contemporary fiction.<br><BR><I>Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?</I> 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.<BR><BR>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.<br><BR>Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, <I>Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?</I> is a tough-minded search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and a mother.<BR></DIV>