Book review: Jeanette Winterson’s ‘Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?’

Jeanette Winterson's latest memoir "Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?"BY TIFFANY FRYE

British writer and lesbian Jeanette Winterson is best known for her semi-autobiographical novel “Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.” Her new memoir “Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?” fills in the silent story lurking between the lines of “Oranges.”

“Why Be Happy” chronicles Winterson’s strained childhood growing up as a bibliophile and lesbian in an evangelical Protestant household that barred any book that wasn’t a Christian text and all manner and means of sexual and self-expression.


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