Flash Review: ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ by Jeanette Winterson ****

‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage)

I have wanted to read this ever since it was published, particularly as I so enjoy Winterson’s fiction.  Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, a question which Winterson’s mother asked her when she was told of her lesbianism, is a memoir of her life, some of the details of which have been previously broadcast or written about, and other details which are new.  Throughout, Winterson writes so creatively, and is honest to the point of admirability about her past.  I found it particularly fascinating to see how much of her own life her first novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit reflected.  ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ is such a vivid memoir, which manages to be both frank and poetic.

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2 thoughts on “Flash Review: ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ by Jeanette Winterson ****

  1. Oh, my goodness, I’d seen this book in stores, and the title made me think it was humor. Knowing that this is a question the author’s MOTHER ACTUALLY POSED TO HER makes me see the book in an entirely different (and much more compelling) light.

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