Review: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hearing the author narrate this not-quite-memoir added to an already warm and insightful book. Even in the writing, it's a story that could have become bitter. Coming of age in the context of ill-informed and judgemental religiosity Winterson travels away from God but towards a deeper spiritual understanding of the world and her possible place in it.

Flourishes of fantasy accompany this journey, providing splashes of colour against the beautifully drawn but drab realities of growing up in a northern town, even if it does involve forbidden first love, seduction and exorcism.

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