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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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

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A semi-autobiography.
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 *****
Michael Estey

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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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