Why be Happy When You Could be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

About the book

In 1985 Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It was Jeanette’s version of the story of a terraced house in Accrington, an adopted child, and the thwarted giantess Mrs Winterson. It was a cover story, a painful past written over and repainted. It was a story of survival.

This book is that story’s the silent twin. It is full of hurt and humour and a fierce love of life. It is about the pursuit of happiness, about lessons in love, the search for a mother and a journey into madness and out again. It is generous, honest and true.

Reviewed by Perspectives

An honest, raw, human book, Beautifully written. This provided a lot of discussion about adoption and the other issues raised

Star rating: ****

2 thoughts on “Why be Happy When You Could be Normal by Jeanette Winterson”

  1. Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger Wi

    Well written as you would expect from Winterson but this book divided the group. Some liked it, finding it highlighted her feisty character and opened a window on the adoption system. Others found it over bearing and at times even doubted the narrative

    Star rating ****

  2. Reviewed by Between the Leaves

    Mixed reviews. Uplifting, not a page turner. Difficult to get into

    Star rating: none provided

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