Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, probably her most famous novel, called “Oranges are not the Only Fruit” was semi-autiobiographical, about an adopted girl and her search for love and meaning. This is Winterson’s memoir of actual events. She was adopted by very dysfunctional parents, including a mother, (whom she always referred to as Mrs. Winterson) who was a religious zealot, never approved of Jeanette, which got worse when Jeanette came out to her as a lesbian, and who did things as punishment like locking her out of the house overnight, not giving her a key when her parents went away for a week thus forcing her to live out of other people’s houses and a van, and putting her in the coal hole for punishment. The title of the book comes from her conversation with Mrs. Winterson when she came out to her. Mrs. Winterson asked: “why are you like that?” Jeanette answered that she preferred women, and that her girl friend made her happy. Mrs. Winterson responded with: “Why would you want to be happy when you could be normal?” Jeanette left home at 16, managed to get the money together to go to Oxford and did well there, and began her successful career writing books. But her upbringing, the feeling she never was loved or wanted, continued to disturb her. She finally decided to search for her biological mother. She had Suzie Allbright as a lover, (one of Suzie’s first books was “fat as a Feminist Issue”) and she had help in finding her adopted mother by the like of author, Ruth Rendell. This is a very honest, in-your-face account of coming to terms with her life and finding her biological mother. And the process continues to evolve. I loved this book, and as the author she absolutely was the best narrator there could have been for the book. Strongly recommended.
The best thing was listening to the meanderings of a very thoughtful and talented writer. The worst thing was the flashes of brilliance between all of the fluff surrounding it.
Her British accent is wonderful as she tells the jokes etc. like only the British can.
The story of Winterson's adopted life and finding her birth mother. As the child of an adpotee, it gave me insight into my mother's personality quirks.
I loved listening to Jeanette's accent, she spends a good amount of time talking about where she is from in the UK, and had the narrator had a traditional BBC accent, I think some of the flavor would have been lost.
Great writing, compelling story
When Jeanette Winterson meets her birth mother
I love her reading voice, it added a lot to the story
A Moving Story of Self Discovery
If you enjoy Jeannette Winterson's books, this is a must- listen. I wish she would narrate more of her books, she has a beautiful reading voice.
I probably wouldn't just because I have other books to listen to but I did order other things written by this author as well as the BBC miniseries she wrote. I was that interested. I give the author so much credit for her honesty and her strencth getting through a difficult life.
Reminds me a bit of Fun Home, though that book is a graphic novel about another complicated life. As a matter of fact, those tow authors should meet each other. I'll bet they would be friends.
In the top 10%
Some of the philosophical stuff was a little too much. But enjoyed it very much.
This book is difficult to get into even boring at times. It did not hold my interest for much of the chapters and as far as memoirs go I wasn't feeling it.
I find her voice in the audible version to be very boring. I am however interested in the written version of her other Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
I am not interested in hearing any more of this story since I was not captivated in the first place.
How can I review something that I cannot even open? Your program keeps telling me that I need to enter my user and password in order for it to copy to my iTunes and I do and it says invalid. But yet I go to Audible.com and enter my user and password and it works. So please explain why I cannot get to my book. Thank you. Thora Sullivan