AN LGBTQ BOOK CLUB
Textual Orientation is book club featuring fiction, history, and creative nonfiction titles that focus on LGBTQ people and their lives. Anyone is welcome to participate.
In February, Club attendees will discuss Jeanette Winterson’s memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? An acclaimed novelist, Winterson turns to her own life for this 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 a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, which Winterson thought she had written over and repainted, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about other people’s literature, one that shows how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.
Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. No registration for the Club is required.