Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

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Jeanette is a bright and rebellious orphan who is adopted into an evangelical household in the dour, industrial North of England and finds herself embroidering grim religious mottoes and shaking her little tambourine for Jesus. But as this budding missionary comes of age, and comes to terms with her unorthodox sexuality, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household dissolves. Jeanette's insistence on listening to the truths of her own heart and mind - and on reporting them with wit and passion - makes for an unforgettable chronicle of an eccentric, moving passage into more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 144.78 x 205.74 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Chicago, United States
  • English
  • American.
  • 0802135161
  • 9780802135162
  • 31,219

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-A striking, quirky, delicate, and intricate work . . . Winterson has mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich little novel. . . . Winterson's great gift is evident.- --The Washington Post Book World -A daring, unconventional comic novel . . . by employing quirky anecdotes, which are told with romping humor, and by splicing various parables into the narrative, Winterson allows herself the dangerous luxury of writing a novel that refuses to rely on rousing plot devices. . . . A fascinating debut . . . A penetrating novel.- --Chicago Tribune -If Flannery O'Connor and Rita Mae Brown had collaborated on the coming-out story of a young British girl in the 1960s, maybe they would have approached the quirky and subtle hilarity of Jeanette Winterson's autobiographical first novel. . . . Winterson's voice, with its idiosyncratic wit and sensitivity, is one you've never heard before.- --Ms. -The overwhelming impression of her work is one of remarkable self-confidence, and she evidently thrives on risk.... As good as Poe: it dares you to laugh and stares you down.- --The New York Review of Books -An explosively imaginative writer.- --The London Free Press -She is a master of her material, a writer [of] great talent.- --Muriel Spark -Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language.- --Evening Standard -The most interesting writer I have read in twenty years.- --Gore Vidalshow more

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3 27% (10,254)
2 8% (3,009)
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