Reflecting on “Why be happy when you can be normal”

why be happyTonight’s meeting was a first, not only had everyone read the book but everyone said they liked it. It received an average score of 7.7 out of 10.   “Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?” by Jeanette Winterson was an autobiography which didn’t always feel like an autobiography.  There was a lot of self-reflection.  Someone suggested the book was about self-healing.  The book focused on Jeanette’s relationships with her adoptive mother, her depression, her search for her biological mother and her life growing up in Accrington in North West England.  While many people liked the books style, there was some discussion about how accurate it was.  This lead to a discussion about the postmodern nature of the book and how accuracy wasn’t necessarily important.  While there was some queries about the accuracy of the facts, some felt they really understood the author “When did she get into my head?”.  Maybe it’s because of this connection, and a feeling that they knew Janette, that some members of the group, who had gone on to find interviews with Janette, were shocked that she wasn’t what they expected.  As is often the case, the discussion went off on tangents which this month included; northern stereotypes, Accrington compared to Sicily and female politicians.