Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a must-read for young queers

Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a must-read for young queers

Jeanette Winterson’s pseudo-autobiography Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is required reading for any young queer girl or guy. It’s also the only Winterson novel that I know of that doesn’t include metaphysical elements or narrators that are half-woman, half-beast. You might be able to get into this one a bit more easily.

Winterson certainly departed from Oranges in her later works, but this book is very accessible to anyone.  It tells the story of teenage Jeanette, who may or may not be Winterson, a girl who was adopted into a conservative Christian home in England. Jeanette appreciates her upbringing and her mother until she recognizes her own homosexuality when she falls for a girl named Katy.  Her mother and her mother's Christian friends find out about Jeanette's relationship and tries to exorcise the gayness out of Jeanette and her girlfriend.

This is a must-read for any young gay person, but also for anyone who has forgotten about the consequences of young, forbidden love.