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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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 Gods 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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TheCuriousHousecat
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Mehso-so

So disappointing. I thought I‘d love this book but it was arduous. Yes the mother was a nutter but a lot of religious zealots are. Also didn‘t like the stories running parallel. Were they meant to be like the bible parables? Anyway not for me ⭐️⭐️

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RamsFan1963
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I can't thing of anything orange that's more terrifying.

#ChillingPhotoChallenge #Orange

@Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

Gezemice Ouch. Indeed. 1mo
Amiable Agreed! 1mo
Chrissyreadit 👏 1mo
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madamereadsalot1 😆🙌 1mo
Trashcanman 👏👏👏👏👏👏♥️ 1mo
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amyf0x
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Young Jeannette adores her church and her role as powerful sermonizer, but her love of women doesn‘t fit so neatly into her mother‘s idea of success.

Read July 6-13
Book 38/55

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AshleyHoss820
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I personally loved this one. Near-absent father, overbearing mother, a small community...and poor can‘t-fit-in-anywhere Jeanette. This book has wit and a heroine who doesn‘t change who she is just to make others comfortable. 161/1,001 #1001Books #ReadingRainbow

Liz_M Have you read the tagged memoir? I actually enjoyed it more -- more straight-forward. 5mo
AshleyHoss820 @Liz_M I haven‘t, but it keeps popping up, so I added it to my TBR on GoodReads!! Thank you! 😄😄😊 5mo
Liz_M Excellent! 5mo
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

Well, I‘m not sure whether to say this was an appropriate mother‘s day read or not. 🤔

All family relationships are on the messy spectrum, though some are more destructive than others.

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Tamra
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I suspect I grabbed another dysfunctional family read.......

BlameJennyJane Aren‘t they all? 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
LeahBergen Another book I‘ve always meant to read. 🙄 6mo
Joanne1 Indeed you have. 6mo
andrew61 It's well worth the read and her memoir 'why be happy when you can be normal ' would be an interesting follow up read. Look forward to seeing your comments. 6mo
Tamra @andrew61 I liked it, but didn‘t love it. I think another litten mentioned it felt disjointed and I would agree. But I know this is a book some hold dear. I did love her Xmas collection and I‘ll check out her memoir too. She certainly has an interesting background to draw upon! 6mo
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cmarie
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'There are women in the world. There are men in the world. And there are beasts...And beasts are crafty. They disguise themselves like you and I.'

Relaxing with a view after an interview!

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vivastory
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Four books featuring lesbian characters that aren't Fun Home, but fantastic nonetheless. The only one I have yet to read is the Highsmith, which I suspect I will love as much as the others. I will also be reading more Sarah Waters this year. Tipping the Velvet was one of my favorite books of 2018.
#RingOfKeys #MusicalNewYear
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Would any make for a good musical?? 10mo
Kalalalatja I still haven‘t tried Waters! I really need to do something about it 10mo
vivastory @Cinfhen What a fun question! I think that in the right hands, Tipping the Velvet has the potential to be a great musical. It has a lot of themes of great drama/narratives (coming of age, rags to riches, outsider/fringe characters, strong narrative voice). But what makes it really stand out is that large portions of the book are set in music halls & feature performances. I think the potential variety this offers would be fantastic! 10mo
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Cinfhen Quick... we need to find producers!!!! I think you sold me on the potential 10mo
vivastory @Kalalalatja Some found it to be a bit too racy, but I didn't think it was in poor taste or gratuitous. I've also heard that Fingersmith & Little Stranger are great as well. 10mo
vivastory @Cinfhen 😂 Just place a call to your BFF Lin Manuel Miranda. I'm sure he'd be happy to help! 😄 10mo
readordierachel The Animators ❤ 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Quote from the author in one of her interviews (Salon Interview, 28 April 1997).

#quotsydec18 #rogue

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SoniaC
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This was an interesting book. I didn‘t love it but didn‘t hate it either. I liked the idea but found it a little disjointed.

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arlenefinnigan
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#FactFiction #SeptemberDanes
Jeanette Winterson's fictionalised account of growing up
@Kalalalatja @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I‘ve seen this book mentioned on so many lists...must get to it 14mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

I think I would have liked this book more if the story had been more grounded. I think the plot and the characters really got lost in the metaphorical language and it got hard to keep up with. Interesting message about religion and sexual preference, but I would have liked something a little more solid. #booked2018 #lgbtqiamaincharacter

Cinfhen Just tagging my lovely cohosts @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 14mo
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vlwelser
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This one was pretty good. It's more like a memoir than actual fiction.

TheBee I love her books!!! 1y
vlwelser @TheBee this was my first and likely not the last. ☺ 1y
TheBee I loved THE POWER BOOK 📖❤️ 1y
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vlwelser
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This is so true. 💖📚

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Cupicedtea
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
Mehso-so

Easy to get through

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Mandigolightly
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Mehso-so

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

3 Stars.

It was *okay* but dragged a lot, and ultimately the only one I cared about was Elsie

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Mandigolightly
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Fruit salad!

Aimeesue 😁😁😁 1y
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Mandigolightly
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sprainedbrain
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A short little book that packs some powerful stuff. From what I‘ve read, it‘s a novel that is somewhat autobiographical. Jeanette is coming of age in an extremely evangelical household and realizing she is a lesbian. Lots of hard to read passages that are cut beautifully with humor. I enjoyed the way fairy tales were woven in as well. Fantastic writing.

This ends my outdoor reading for #24in48 because omg the mosquitos.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

#1001books

Ubookquitous And excellent book and very much a standard for common out fiction! 1y
DrexEdit Jeanette Winterson is a fantastic writer! 👍 1y
bobregina Oh my god, that cover 😅 1y
Liz_M I have to admit that I liked the tagged memoir better -- easier to follow and for me a stronger emotional impact. 😁 1y
sprainedbrain @Liz_M love that title! I definitely plan to read more of hers. 1y
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Mandigolightly
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Progress! 📚

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sprainedbrain
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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Here are some books from my current TBR, all written by women, and all to be read in July and August. I‘m really excited to get to all of these!

#readingwomenmonth #fromyourtbr

Kaye Water for Elephants is so good. The audio is also excellent for it. 1y
Erinreadsthebooks Agreed 👆🏼 I loved Water for Elephants! 1y
ravenlee I just read Bear and the Nightingale, and the sequel. Bear took a little while to get into, as there's quite a bit of build-up. But sooo good. 1y
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nomadreader Black Wave is so, so good. 1y
ErinSueMreads So many good books in this stack. It‘ll be a good month for you! Water for elephants is one of my all time favorites. 1y
Weaponxgirl So many in there that I want to read! 1y
SW-T Think you‘ll enjoy Guernsey, Oranges, Water and Bear. All great reads. Rest of your stack looks very intriguing! 1y
pgh.femme Black Wave blew my mind in the very best way. Enjoy!! 1y
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hilded
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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is characterized as fiction, but the story itself is very much autobiographical. The protagonist is adopted by a very religious family in Northern England, where she becomes part of a wake-up movement, and later on discovers herself as a lesbian, tearing the family and her inner circle apart. The book was beautifully written, and I quite enjoyed this coming of age story.

4⭐️

#1001books #reading1001

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xicanti
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I rarely read jacket copy, so all I knew going in was that this book is a lesbian classic. I wasn't prepared for the deep dive into British evangelical life, or the semi-Arthurian stories that run alongside young Jeanette's own tale, or the semi-autobiographical nature of the text.

It's fascinating, all of it, and I'm glad I finally pulled if off La TBR.

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xicanti
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I got reading snacks at Shoppers' post-Easter sale! These Lindt bunnymobiles were so cute I bought one for my mum and one for me. They were $3 each because Shoppers DOES NOT mess around with their holiday clear-outs.

Miss_Kim Nice! My Shoppers was empty today 😭 And that is one of my favourite books ever! 2y
xicanti @Miss_Kim I was worried there'd be nothing left since I wasn't able to get there in the morning, but they still had a decent amount. I also got two bags of Reese's mini eggs, a tube of mini Caramilk eggs, three Creme Eggs, and a Snickers egg, all for $10! 2y
Erika13137 I rocked that sale yesterday too because we‘re having our Easter with nieces and nephews this weekend instead! Saved a bundle! 2y
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xicanti @Erika13137 yay, bargain Easter! My mother went yesterday and said stuff was only 50% off at the one she shopped at, so I'm glad they discounted it further today! 2y
Rcoco No idea what shoppers is but I love your pic and this book. 2y
xicanti @Rcoco Shoppers Drug Mart is a big deal in Canada. They sell all sorts of great stuff besides drugs! 2y
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xicanti
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My early bedtime reads include a lesbian classic, some shojo manga, and more X-Men.

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hilded
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1. ⏰☕️🚿🍌🥑|🚃🖥📞|🎧📚|✈️🇬🇧🛍💳🍱🥂🍺🛌|🛩🚝🏠🇳🇴🛌|
2. Nobody
3. Is this a ting? 😂
4. Yes 💍
5. 😘
#friyayintro

TheKidUpstairs That looks like a great week! 2y
hilded Thanks @TheKidUpstairs. It was an eventful week indeed:) Hope you had a good week as well! 2y
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TheResistance
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For today's #happinessisresistance entry of "take pride in yourself", I have chosen the first book featuring a lgbtq character that I read. The Resistance Bookclub takes pride in championing queer, poc, female and neurodivergent authors.

@writerlibrarian

queerbookreader Hello!! I am queer!! Welcome!! 2y
TheResistance Thank you @queerbookreader ! If you're interested befriend us on goodreads as The Resistance Bookclub to see our queer reads 😄 2y
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sprainedbrain
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On my tbr this year for #Popsugar and #1001books

#ReadingResolutions #Orange

FountainBookstore Loved that book. 2y
Jennick2004 Loving the cover! 2y
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Joanne1
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I loved parts of this book. It was darkly humorous but also somewhat sad or depressing and Winterson's early life was certainly a fascinating thing to read about. However I didn't love the long metaphoric passages which made the story disjointed and I didn't always see the point of. I've got her second memoir written more recently in my bedside table. It will be interesting to compare the two.

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Joanne1
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I'm taking this title literally with some non-oranges fruit for a summery breakfast. It's getting very warm here, Christmas must be just around the corner.

BethM I love Litsy for these worldly connections! It seems so strange to me not to be freezing right now! 2y
morgan_krahn @BethM I agree! I just can‘t wrap my head around Christmas being in the summer! It‘s currently 29 F here lol 2y
BethM @morgan_krahn right? We've got the wind here too so we're sitting at 15f windchill. But it's gun season so why would we have better weather lol. 2y
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Joanne1 @BethM @morgan_krahn litsy is great for that! Christmas and heat are just what feels normal here but we get so so many movies/tv shows ect from the US or U.K. that I feel like Christmas and snow are a pretty natural pairing too. I would like to experience a cold Christmas at some point. I'm also not really sure how cold those temps are, Fahrenheit is a mystery to me. Also what is gun season? 2y
BethM 29 is -1.6 C and 15 is -9.4 C. @morgan_krahn and I are in the same state, Wisconsin. Right now is our 9 day gun season for hunting whitetail deer. 2y
Joanne1 @BethM okay that is cold! And thanks for the explanation. It's all new and intriguing to me. 2y
BethM No worries! It gets much, much colder here. How cold do you get? If you see my posts this week about being in a ground blind or a treestand that's what I'm doing :) 2y
Joanne1 @BethM I live in one of the coldest spots in Australia and yet we only get down overnight lows of -5 at the lowest and during the day about 5C. During the summer though we can get as high as 42-43C and the very odd day of 45C. The last week we've had temps in the low to mid 30sC. Think we're in for a hot summer. 2y
BethM Ugh that is hot. We had a hot summer to. We can have a spread between -40C (usually with windchill) to 42C. 2y
BethM Schools actually won't close due to cold until -34C. 2y
Joanne1 @BethM oh my, that is a huge range. 2y
Jeg Loved the book you are reading. I read it many years ago now. I‘m looking forward to getting back to OZ on Monday. And the hot weather. 😊😊 2y
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Joanne1
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Do you think my bedside reading pile has gotten a little out of hand?

Tamra No.......unless it‘s life threatening, all is well. 😂 2y
BookishTrish Twinsies! 2y
Joanne1 @Tamra I've finished uni for the semester and my casual work pretty much dries up around this time of year so life not threatening at all. Which may explain the sudden splurge on library loans! @BookishTrish glad I'm not alone! (edited) 2y
mklong Nope. That is totally normal. At least I hope so! 2y
Louise Needs a few more added to the piles. . . 😇 2y
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kdwinchester
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First book finished for #AutumnReadathon—ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT by Jeanette Winterson! This was for the “Book with a Young Female Protagonist” prompt. Still in a book coma after finishing it. 😭

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ❤️❤️❤️ good choice 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

#fruit #augustlibrary17 @beachbookworm7

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estellasrevenge
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mavenofmayhem Is that a graphic novel version!? 2y
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Jamesfahyauthor
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Panpan

I have both a BA and and MA in English and American Literature, so I've read a lot of books, some, like this, were forced upon me by university.
I can usually understand why certain books are considered staple reading in higher education, but the inevitable inclusion of this still baffles me.
I can't stand this book. I find this so drab. Maybe I was just in a stressed place when I read it, but I don't think I'll ever come back to it again. Sorry!

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Well-ReadNeck
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#splashintosummerreads #bookandfruit

Too literal? 🤔 📕&🍌

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Well-ReadNeck
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#JuneBookBugs #LGBTQ+Authors

Some of my favorite recent reads by LGBTQ+ authors. I would recommend all three! #ReadingRainbow

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DeborahSmall
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#maybookflowers 🌸#fruit 🍊I really need to read this fantastic book again ❤️📚

batsy That's a fantastic cover 3y
DeborahSmall @batsy think it's the original/first paperback when it was published❤️ 3y
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avalinah
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Panpan

And since we're talking about oranges, this one was even less memorable than Five Quarters on the Orange. Slightly too much sex for my tastes. I don't recall much now, was it about being queer? That's fine by me - I read #diverse books and love them (review of Felix Yz soon to come BTW). It was just the presentation. I strongly dislike books verging on the vulgar.
#fruit #maybookflowers

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CAGirlReading
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#maybookflowers #fruit No oranges on this cover but there are cherries!

Donna_sBookMinute . . . and banana curls 🍌 3y
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