Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Paperback Book

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit Paperback

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This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect.

Zealous and passionate, she seems seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts.

At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves.

Innovative, punchy and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession. With a new introduction by the author'Witty, bizarre, extraordinary and exhilarating'The Times'She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides' Vanity Fair'Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language...

In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming' Evening Standard'A novel that deserves revisiting' Observer'A wonderful rites-of-passage novel'Mariella Frostrup


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This is Jeanette Winterson's first book, which made her reputation and is probably her best known work. It was very interesting to come to this after having read her more recent brilliant, stark and visceral memoir "Why be happy when you can be normal", because the two books are in some ways companion pieces that cover much of the same ground - a childhood dominated by a maniacal religious mother and her missionary community, and the repercussions of her first lesbian relationships and the consequent split from church and family. This version is less bleak but more playful, humorous and fictional than the memoir, and is interleaved with passages of fairy tales. A very enjoyable read.

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