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Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

In her newest book, best-selling novelist Jeanette Winterson, turns her eye toward memoir, and creates an interesting testament to finding place and the nature of memory. The first half of the book is a series of snapshots from Winterson’s young life as a girl and of her relationship with her adoptive zealot mother who was often thwarted and abusive. The second half of the memoir is more in ‘real-time’ and tells of Winterson’s quest to find her biological parents. Winterson speaks to the displacement and yearning that can come with being adopted. With woven words and tactile imagery, she has created a narrative of survival, wit, and the importance of claiming identity.
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780802120878
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2013