'Like most people I lived for a long time with my mother and father. My father liked to watch the wrestling, my mother liked to wrestle; it didn't matter what' - Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God's elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves.
Innovative in style, its humour by turns punchy and tender, ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT is a few days ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession. It's a love story too.
“She is a master of her material, a writer in whom great talent abides”
“Many consider her to be the best living writer in this language... In her hands, words are fluid, radiant, humming”
“An novel that deserves revisiting...Winterson maintains a balance of tone, a trueness of voice... It remains one of the finest things Winterson has written”
“Still extraordinary, still brilliant”
“Even at a time when so many good and interesting novels are coming out, hers stand out as performances of real originality and extraordinary promise”
“wonderful rites-of-passage novel... where the author's blossoming Sapphic nature leads her to eschew her mothers proffered favourite”
“It is very funny, with an Alan Bennett sort of humour, beautifully written, quirky and likely to cause much tuttutting in conservative quarters”
“This lesbian coming of age story set in northern England doesn't seem to have aged a bit.”
Katy Guest, The Independent