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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

(2011)
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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 a book 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 a book 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.

Genre: Romance

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March 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 0-8021-2010-5 / 978-0-8021-2010-6 (USA edition)
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March 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?
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October 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 0-224-09345-2 / 978-0-224-09345-3 (UK edition)
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October 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 0-307-40124-3 / 978-0-307-40124-3 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 0-8021-2087-3 / 978-0-8021-2087-8 (USA edition)
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 1-4458-8404-6 / 978-1-4458-8404-2 (UK edition)
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July 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 0-307-40125-1 / 978-0-307-40125-0 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 0-09-955609-X / 978-0-09-955609-1 (UK edition)
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November 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
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Title: Thalia Book Club: Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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Title: Thalia Book Club: Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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February 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Thalia Book Club: Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
ISBN: 1-4692-8272-0 / 978-1-4692-8272-5 (USA edition)
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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August 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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August 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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March 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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ISBN: 1-4692-0195-X / 978-1-4692-0195-5 (USA edition)
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March 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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March 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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October 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Author(s): Jeanette Winterson
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October 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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