Friday with the Friends - Book Club

  • March 13, 2015
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Hibiscus Room - 3rd Floor, Mandel Public Library of WPB


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson’s bold and revelatory novels have earned her widespread acclaim, establishing her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most admired books of the past few decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is now often required reading in contemporary fiction.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It's a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin.

It is the story of how a painful past, which Jeanette thought she'd written over and repainted, rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.

Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging--for love, identity, home, and a mother.  -- from

11:30 - 12:00 - Book Chatter

12:00 - 1:00 - Moderated Book Discussion


This is a brown-bag lunch event.  Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch before you arrive from any downtown Merchant.


This event is free and open to Friends members and the public.  All are welcome.

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