As everyone who has read the novel knows, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit relates the story of Jeanette, a young girl adopted by an evangelical couple in a Lancashire Mill Town in the 1960s. In a vivid first-person narrative, stretching from the age of seven to twenty one, Jeanette recounts the frequently comic and poignant experiences that befall her with a mixture of innocence and knowingness. Initially an enthusiastic religious preacher, Jeanette is forced to leave the Church when she falls in love with another girl. This leads to a breach with her mother and she leaves home to make her own way in the world. After working in a variety of jobs she gains a place at Oxford University; and the novel ends with a visit home and a partial reconciliation with her mother. Oranges also includes inset fairy tales and philosophical reflections on history and storytelling.
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