Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry.
The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
©1985 Jeanette Winterson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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Semi auto biographical novel read by the author on growing up a misfit, adoptee in England's north. Her story of self discovery, her evangelical upbringing and her lesbian identity combine with a keenly inquiring mind to create this wonderful, curios tale. Rarely does a book range elegantly, sweetly, sorrowfully over the complexity of love & belonging and the quest to make peace with it all and still win a life for oneself.
"I love everything Jeanette writes."
I think it was enhanced by the author reading
I think this always gives a more enjoyable experience, as the nuances and inflections are exactly as the authors intended.
Hard to say as I adore everything Jeanette writes !
I have listened to Why be happy when you can be normal, and loved that, but I think I may be somewhat biased!
The relationship between mother and daughter was particularly emotional for me
Next on my list is Sexing the cherry read by the fabulous Juliet Stevenson
"mildly satisfied about the book "
I have read and listened to better books by J.W.
this was her first book so I guess a style still looking for himself.
"Narrator (also author) were fab."
I found it hard to keep up & follow, but the essence of the book was very clear!
"The novel that gave me my wings"
This is one of the most inspiring and life changing novels I have had the privilege of reading and exploring. With creativity, emotion, passion and imagination, The writer / reader transports me into a beautiful world in which her fictional and nonfictional experiences help me develop a sense of identity and self. It is a beautiful and colourful novel, novel, which would have taken determination and courage to write and read, and every word was a pleasure to hear.
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