Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
This is a wonderful book, lyrically written
| 15 Jul 2006
After living on the outskirts of society, Jeanette returns home to be accepted somewhat by her adoptive mother; the two dance around any topic of importance. The novel ends with Jeanette missing three things - her relationship with God, her identity as a child of God, and a love that will encompass her, with "someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me". She knows, however, that that someone will never be a man.
This is a wonderful book, lyrically written, touching on the difficulties of reconciling religious views and sexuality; staying true to oneself versus conforming to society's take on right and wrong, or in this case natural and unnatural; and acknowledging love's existence wherever it's to be found. [JG]