Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Product Number: EB00641058
Released: Mar 11, 2016
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ISBN: #9780802194756
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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A New York Times bestseller: The "magnificent" memoir by one of the bravest and most original writers of our time-"A tour de force of literature and love" (Vogue). Jeanette Winterson's bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. Her internationally best-selling debut, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, and has become a staple of required reading in contemporary fiction classes. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a "singular and electric" memoir about a life's work to find happiness (The New York Times). It is 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 a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, rose to haunt the author later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about the power of literature, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, or a life raft that supports us when we are sinking. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded story of the search for belonging-for love, identity, home, and a mother.

Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
Original Publish Date: Mar 06, 2012

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Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
Narrator(s): Jeanette Winterson
Product Number BN3319
Released: Mar 12, 2013
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Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781469282725
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
Product Number EB00683527
Released: Aug 25, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Knopf Canada
ISBN: #9780307401267

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