Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Study Guide

Jeanette Winterson

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Timeline of Events

  • 1959

    Jeanette is adopted into a religious home as an infant.

    Genesis
  • A few years later

    Jeanette's natural mother tries to see her but is denied.

    Joshua
  • Mid-1960s

    Jeanette goes deaf temporarily and has surgery.

    Exodus
  • 1967

    Jeanette must go to school, after being homeschooled for years.

    Genesis
  • Six years later

    Jeanette meets Melanie and begins an affair with her.

    Numbers
  • Several months later

    When the affair is discovered, Jeanette is exorcised and forced to repent.

    Joshua
  • Soon after

    Melanie leaves town.

    Joshua
  • Several months later

    Jeanette begins an affair with Katy.

    Joshua
  • Later that year

    Jeanette and Katy are caught in bed together.

    Judges
  • Immediately after

    Jeanette lies to spare Katy an exorcism.

    Judges
  • Later that year

    Jeanette leaves the church after it again tries to punish her homosexuality.

    Judges
  • Days later

    Jeanette leaves home and starts living on her own.

    Judges
  • Soon after

    Jeanette finds work at a funeral parlor and drives an ice cream truck.

    Ruth
  • Months later

    Saddened by Elsie's death, Jeanette delicately prepares the body for viewing.

    Ruth
  • Sometime the next year

    Jeanette moves to the city.

    Ruth
  • Several years later

    Jeanette returns to visit and finds some things changed and others the same.

    Ruth

Section Summaries Chart

Section Summary
Genesis The first chapter of the novel opens with immediate attempts to characterize Jeanette's mother and the relationship she ... Read More
Exodus Having to send Jeanette to school puts her mother into a snit. She takes her anger out on Jeanette, who tries to respond... Read More
Leviticus Jeanette remembers a Sunday after church when she and her mother and her mother's friend Mrs. White are about to listen ... Read More
Numbers This chapter opens with the description of a recurring dream Jeanette has, although its dream status is not immediately ... Read More
Deuteronomy This short chapter presents the author's musings about various topics. First she comments on time as "a great deadener" ... Read More
Joshua One day Jeanette comes home unexpectedly, her violin lesson canceled. Her mother and Mrs. White are at the tail end of a... Read More
Judges This chapter opens with the ultimatum Jeanette's mother gives her to move out of the house. The reason is finally clear ... Read More
Ruth This chapter opens with a story that parallels Jeanette's life, set in the distant past of magic and sorceries. Winnet, ... Read More
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