Name That Author!: April 19, 2012

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.


You can submit your guess using the form below after any clue, but if you’re wrong, you’re out for the week. So you’ve got to pick your spot. Too early and you might be wrong; wait until you’re sure, and you might get scooped.  This week, we’re giving away five copies of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. The first correct guess wins a copy and four other correct guesses will be randomly chosen to win a copy. So even if you don’t know what it is until later on, take a shot!

**Be warned: if you Tweet your guess or leave a comment with your guess, you’re not only disqualified for this week, but for the rest of the month.**

Here we go:

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.

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We have 5 copies of My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite to give away to Book Riot readers! Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the image below. Good luck!