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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Publication date August 7, 2012
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781469201924
ISBN-10 1469201925
Dimensions 0.50 by 6.25 by 5.25 in.
Weight 0.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $29.99
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
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Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most acclaimed books of the last three 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 considered one of the most important books in contemporary fiction.

Jeanette’s adoptive mother loomed over her life until Jeanette finally moved out at sixteen because she was in love with a woman. As Jeanette left behind the strict confines of her youth, her mother asked, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”

This memoir is the chronicle of a life’s work to find happiness. It is an audiobook 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 drawer; about growing up in a north England industrial town in the 1960s and 1970s; and about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, which Winterson thought she had written over and repainted, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also an audiobook about literature, one that shows how fiction and poetry can guide us when we are lost.

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



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780224093453 Book cover for 9780802120106
 
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
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?
The price comparison is for this edition
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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