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RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE

Rita Mae Brown

  • Original Title: RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE
  • Publication date: December 1973
  • Publisher: VT DAUGHTERS
  • Country: US
  • 193 print pages
  • Classic/Dramedy

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Maternity, Filiation, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, Coming of age, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Homophobia, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social climbing, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character, Minorities, Discriminations

Pitch

Molly is a young lady with a big character. Beautiful, funny and bright, she figures out at a young age that she'll have to be tough to stay true to herself in 1950s America. In her dealings with boyfriends and girlfriends, in the rocky relationship with her mother and her determination to pursue her career, she will fight for her right to happiness.

Comments

First published in 1973. it was remarkable in its day for its explicit portrayal of lesbianism. The novel is a coming-of-age autobiographical account of Brown's youth and emergence as a lesbian author. The term "rubyfruit jungle" is a term used in the novel for the female genitals.

Debut novel

Awarded the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award from the Golden Crown Literary Society

Charming, proud and inspiring, Molly is the girl who refuses to be put in a box.

Rita Mae Brown (born 1944) is an American writer, activist, and feminist. She is best known for her first novel, RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE. She is also a mystery writer and screenwriter. She was co-winner of the 1982 Writers Guild of America Award for I LOVE LIBERTY, and the recipient of the New York Public Library's Literary Lion award of 1987. In 2015, she was presented the Pioneer Award for lifetime achievement at the 27th Lambda Literary Awards.

Summary

A dramatic coming of age novel that is deeply human in how it confronts prejudice and injustice. RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE is about growing up a lesbian in America - and living happily ever after.

Born a bastard, Molly Bolt is adopted by a dirt-poor Southern couple who want something better for their daughter. Molly plays doctor with the boys, beats up Leroy the tub and loses her virginity to her girlfriend in sixth grade.

As she grows to realize she's different, Molly decides not to apologize for that. In no time she mesmerizes the head cheerleader of Ft. Lauderdale High and captivates a gorgeous bourbon-guzzling heiress.

But the world is not tolerant. Booted out of college for moral turpitude, an unrepentant, penniless Molly takes New York by storm, sending not a few female hearts aflutter with her startling beauty, crackling wit and fierce determination to become the greatest filmmaker that ever lived.

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  • Author’s biography

    Rita Mae Brown (born 1944) is an American writer, activist, and feminist. She is best known for her first novel, RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE. She is also a mystery writer and screenwriter. She was co-winner of the 1982 Writers Guild of America Award for I LOVE LIBERTY, and the recipient of the New York Public Library's Literary Lion award of 1987. In 2015, she was presented the Pioneer Award for lifetime achievement at the 27th Lambda Literary Awards.