Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson is my first book of 2018! I was slogging through another book for several weeks, before picking this up around the New Year and not really putting it down until I was finished.
I thought I’d read Winterson before, but I don’t think I have. I think I had her confused with Jean Rhys or something. Anyway, it’s a great book. It’s obvious, funny, and smart in ways that were accessible to me.
Here were just a few lines I liked:
“[S]he’d got rid of more smells than she’s eaten hot dinners” (33).
Needlepoint: “THE SUMMER IS ENDED AND WE ARE NOT YET SAVED” (40).
“I was not a selfish child and, understanding the nature of genius, would have happily bowed to another’s talent…” (50).
“…no emotion is the final one” (52).
“Time is a great deadener; people forget, get bored, grow old, go away” (176).
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti:
Middlemarch by George Eliot