Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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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Raised by an oppressively evangelical mother, Jeanette grows up a good little Christian soldier, even going so far as to stitch samplers whose apocalyptic themes terrify her classmates. As she dryly ... Read full review
The story of a girl's coming out.A truly believable story. Jeanette a little girl, is adopted by a Penecostal Family and has a strict moral upbringing, under the guidance of her new mother. She becomes a well, respected member of the church, a Sunday School Teacher, a promising evangelistic preacher and missionary. Until at the age of fourteen she has an affair with a woman and becomes torn between her religion and her sexual desires and she is made to repent.
Now, I hear of a television mini-series by the same name, that follows the book. Aired in Britain in 1990. I'll have to look for it.
Jeanette Winterson has an easy writing style and a good eye for embracing the reality of Church and her condemnations for her unorthodox sexual practices.
This book exposes the religious extremism and evilness of the Pentecostal Church and I highly recommend it for anyone coming out within the church and dealing with their own sexuality. A must read.
I give it five stars *****
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