Saturday, May 21, 2011

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

With Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson won the Whitbread Award for a First Novel in 1985. She has said that she doesn't consider Oranges are Not the Only Fruit to be lesbian literature. The story is based on her life as a girl in a religious family. From Winterson's website:
Brought up to preach the gospel alongside such spiritual giants as Testifying Elsie and Pastor Spratt, Jeanette is destined for the missionary field, but her high success rate of converts turns into a charismatic encounter with one girl in particular. Love and sex were not scheduled into her timetable, but at 16, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves.
Winterson is an acrobatic and prolific writer. This early work demonstrates her skill as a writer and thinker. Winterson's later works are more conceptual and experimental.

Easily accessible, the book became the basis of a BBC series by the same name. For an excellent lesbian coming-of-age story, read Oranges are Not the Only Fruit.

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