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Why be happy when you could be normal?

Jeanette Winterson

Why be happy when you could be normal?

by Jeanette Winterson

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Published by Grove Press, Distributed by Publishers Group West in New York, [Berkeley, CA] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Mothers and daughters,
  • Lesbians,
  • Biography,
  • English Authors

  • Edition Notes

    Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2011.

    StatementJeanette Winterson
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsPR6073.I558 Z46 2011
    The Physical Object
    Pagination230 p.
    Number of Pages230
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL27131480M
    ISBN 100802120105
    ISBN 109780802120106
    OCLC/WorldCa771942079

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The main characters of this autobiography, memoir story are.4/5. The book’s title comes from a pivotal conversation in which she revealed to her adoptive mother that she was in a happy relationship with another girl: “Why be happy when you could be normal?” was her mother’s response.

Understandably, those words made an indelible impact on Winterson. It was clear that a book was coming through and that I had to follow it. As a writer I think you have to be faithful to what happens – not censor yourself, not censure yourself.

Write it as best you can, believe in what you write, and if it has power, then publish it. If it’s weak, throw it away. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. "For the people I knew, books were few and stories were everywhere, and how you tell 'em was everything (p.

30). "My mother told stories - of their life in the war and how she'd played the accordion in the air-raid shelter and it had got rid of the rats.

[Amazon] In her new memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Winterson returns to the source, her grim girlhood in a sooty English industrial town in the s, to tell her story more forthrightly than she has before. Aiming for narrative tidiness tends /10(83).

"Why be happy when you could be normal?" is the real-life question of her adopted mother, as Winterson is evicted, at 16, for taking up with a second girlfriend (the attempts to exorcise. She scripted the novel into a BAFTA-winning BBC drama.

27 years later she re-visited that material in the bestselling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. She has written 10 novels for adults, as well as children's books, non-fiction 4/5(K). It took me a total of 18 days to finish Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. Exactly three days before finishing it I made a Facebook post about the book, about how Jeanette had made me strong.

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(Grove). Adopted by Pentecostal parents inWinterson was raised in the working-class north of England—"one pair of. This memoir tells the story of acclaimed writer Jeanette Winterson ’s tumultuous, abusive upbringing in a small, working-class town in the north of England.

It’s also a nonfiction parallel to Winterson’s award-winning autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which fictionalized the upbringing described in Why Be Normal When You Can Be Happy?, and which Winterson discusses. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal. restores Winterson to her full power This is a book that will inspire much underlining.” —Laura Miller, Salon “[Winterson’s] novels—mongrels of autobiography, myth, fantasy, and formal experimentation—evince a colossal stamina for self-scrutiny.

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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)/5(57).

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson – review I can write my own," was young Jeanette's thought as she watched her beloved books burn. If this were a novel, you might.