Jeanette’s second girlfriend. Janey’s family is much more tolerant of their relationship than the Wintersons, though Janey’s father doesn’t care much for Jeanette. When Jeanette tells Mrs Winterson that she is in love with the joyful, patient Janey, and that she is happy with her, Mrs Winterson kicks Jeanette out of the house, and then, as she leaves, asks her the question that will ultimately become the book’s title: “Why be happy when you could be normal?” Janey and Jeanette stay together through college, until Jeanette goes off to Oxford, and they do share a great deal of happiness, which is rare and healing for Jeanette.
Janey Character Timeline in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
The timeline below shows where the character Janey appears in Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: The Apocalypse
Chapter 9: English Literature A-Z
Chapter 10: This Is The Road
...encourages her to consider other options, Jeanette feels there are “no other options.” She and Janey travel to Oxford and camp at a camp-site outside town. Jeanette secures an appointment with... (full context)