Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a coming-out novel from Winterson, the acclaimed author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. The narrator, Jeanette, cuts her teeth on the knowledge that she is one of God’s elect, but as this budding evangelical comes of age, and comes to terms with her preference for her own sex, the peculiar balance of her God-fearing household crumbles.
 

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User Review  - Annabel1954 - LibraryThing

Heavily inot Christian interpretations and motivation using the Revelation chapters for a story about two girls loving each other and the banishing techniques of the church. Not a particularly pleasant read for 2017 era Read full review

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User Review  - LisaMorr - LibraryThing

This novel which has been described as semi-autobiographical (Winterson says in the Introduction, "Is Oranges an autobiographical novel? No not at all and yes of course."), tells the story of young ... Read full review

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Contents

Genesis
1
Exodus
19
Leviticus
51
Numbers
69
Deuteronomy
91
Joshua
97
Judges
125
Ruth
139
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Page 10 - My mother, out walking that night, dreamed a dream and sustained it in daylight. She would get a child, train it, build it, dedicate it to the Lord: a missionary child, a servant of God, a blessing.

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Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959 and graduated from St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Her book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, is a semi-autobiographical account of her life as a child preacher (she wrote and gave sermons by the time she was eight years old). The book was the winner of the Whitbread Prize for best first fiction and was made into an award-winning TV movie. The Passion won the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize for best writer under thirty-five, and Sexing the Cherry won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award.

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