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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Grove Pr
Publication date March 6, 2012
Pages 230
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780802120106
ISBN-10 0802120105
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.86 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $25.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
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Jeanette Winterson’s novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most admired books of the past few decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is now often required reading in contemporary fiction.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin.

It is the story of how a painful past that Jeanette thought she'd written over and repainted rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.

Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging—for love, identity, home, and a mother.


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Hardcover
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from Grove Pr (March 6, 2012)
9780802120106 | details & prices | 230 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.86 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Jeanette Winterson’s novels have established her as a major figure in world literature.
from Vintage Uk (October 27, 2011)
9780224093453 | details & prices | 230 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.25 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $25.10
This edition also contains Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Paperback
Book cover for 9780802120878
 
Reprint edition from Grove Pr (March 12, 2013)
9780802120878 | details & prices | 236 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.64 lbs | List price $15.00
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781469201924 Book cover for 9781469201955 Book cover for 9781491577509
 
Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (November 25, 2014)
9781491577509 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.15 lbs | List price $9.99
This edition also contains Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (August 7, 2012)
9781469201924 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $29.99
About: Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature.
Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (August 7, 2012)
9781469201955 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.16 lbs | List price $24.99
About: Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature.

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