This week, Name That Author! is sponsored by Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson.
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness. It’s a 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 an north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the Universe as Cosmic Dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past that Jeanette thought she’d written over and repainted rose to haunt her, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother.
Time now to reveal the answer to last week’s Name That Author!. But first, a recap of the clues:
1. I said that I had a “perfect” childhood.
2. My first job in America was at a natural history museum.
3. The financial success of my best-known novel, often mentioned as one of the best American novels of the 20th Century, gave me the means to leave the US and return to Europe with my family.
4. My family didn’t expect this little think called the Bolshevik revolution to keep us out of St. Petersburg very long.
5. Quite famously, Sting couldn’t remember the name of my most famous protagonist in a song.
Ready for the answer? Here it is.