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The semiautobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is written from the first-person point of view as told by the author, who acts as the narrator. However, the narration is regularly interrupted by third-person recountings of traditional and religious stories Jeanette hears from her mother, Jeanette's dreams told as stories, and an elaborate fairy tale she creates to try to make sense of her own life.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is written in the past tense.
The title Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit comes from a statement Jeanette's mother makes near the end of the novel, reversing her previous position on the topic. Until this point she has considered them "the only fruit" and mentions them frequently around the house. The shift mirrors Jeanette's mother's change in attitude toward her daughter, whom she rejected for being a lesbian but whom she seems to accept more at the end of the novel. Just as Jeanette questions her mother about why she cannot have any other fruit besides oranges, she questions why the only acceptable sexuality for her mother and her church is heterosexuality within the confines of marriage.
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