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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson by Crack Books

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A brilliant book by Jeanette Winterson, one of my favorite authors of all time. Whenever I worry that there’s no place for me in the literary world, I read one of Jeanette’s books and feel relieved to know that there are others out there writing successfully in an “avant garde” style that the masses actually “get”–and even celebrate!–rather than fear and loathe for her differences. She’s brilliant, is all, and I look forward to reading each of her new books as they appear in print.

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a great autobiographical tale of a young adopted girl growing up with über-religious parents, only to realize that she both rejects their religion and is a lesbian. I think I mostly love this character because of her shameless devotion to books and reading. She buys books and hides them under her mattress, until she practically has a second mattress made from books.

Equally so, I hate her mother for destroying the books she has managed to acquire and hide. Is there anything more horrifying than losing one’s precious books? (Okay, yes. There are plenty of things. But this is still pretty high up on the List Of Horrible Things That Could Happen To You.)

Love it. Read it. I’m going to re-read it again.

P.S. You must also read this great interview with Winterson (by Stuart Jeffries), as well as this great article of Winterson’s, “Down and out in Paris,” on Shakespeare and Company, both of which appeared in The Guardian (which is a brilliant source for all things literary that you should add to your bookmarks right now, btw).

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