Oranges are Not the Only Fruit Anniversary Edition (Vintage Classics 25th Anniv ed)

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9780099530244: Oranges are Not the Only Fruit Anniversary Edition (Vintage Classics 25th Anniv ed)

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, intoxicating and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a journey to the bizarre outposts of religious excess and an exploration of love.

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Jeanette, the protagonist of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and the author's namesake, has issues--"unnatural" ones: her adopted mam thinks she's the Chosen one from God; she's beginning to fancy girls; and an orange demon keeps popping into her psyche. Already Jeanette Winterson's semi-autobiographical first novel is not your typical coming-of-age tale.

Brought up in a working-class Pentecostal family, up North, Jeanette follows the path her Mam has set for her. This involves Bible quizzes, a stint as a tambourine-playing Sally Army officer and a future as a missionary in Africa, or some other "heathen state". When Jeanette starts going to school ("The Breeding Ground") and confides in her mother about her feelings for another girl ("Unnatural Passions"), she's swept up in a feverish frenzy for her tainted soul. Confused, angry and alone, Jeanette strikes out on her own path, that involves a funeral parlour and an ice-cream van. Mixed in with the so-called reality of Jeanette's existence growing up are unconventional fairy tales that transcend the everyday world, subverting the traditional preconceptions of the damsel in distress.

In Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Winterson knits a complicated picture of teenage angst through a series of layered narratives, incorporating and subverting fairytales and myths, to present a coherent whole, within which her stories can stand independently. Imaginative and mischievous, she is a born storyteller, teasing and taunting the reader to reconsider their worldview. --Nicola Perry


"A blazing debut" ( Guardian)

"Witty, bizarre, extraordinary and exhilarating" ( The Times)


Strikingly quirky, delicate and intricate... Winterson mastered both comedy and tragedy in this rich novel

" ( Washington Post)

"With Oranges Jeanette Winterson proved herself indubitably talented, displaying a wicked knack with humour, a scorching line in putdown and a mellifluous style...invigorating, and shocking, and much admired" ( Scotland on Sunday)

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Winterson, Jeanette
Published by Vintage Classic (2010)
ISBN 10: 0099530244 ISBN 13: 9780099530244
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Vintage Classic, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099530244

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