Rubyfruit jungle by rita mae brown
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae BrownI read this book the year it was published. I was a young woman of 21, and it was during a time when it was still considered shocking, by most of mainstream straight America,to be gay. My sister had recently come out to me, and my head was spinning. We were very close, and she was much older. Her roommate of many years was not just a roommate any more. I wasnt sure what to think or feel. In short, I was confused as hell.
This book was a good antidote. Hilariously written, human, sexual, occasionally profane: its hard to be a homophobe when youre laughing that hard.
Later that year,while Anita Bryant was still trying to save our children by getting gays and lesbians banned from any job involving children on the no-facts-involved notion that they would molest them, I went to my first Pride march in my sisters place. (She was a pediatric nurse, and terrified lest she lose her position; she is retired now). My mother turned on the evening news to see a close-up of a very young version of me, clad in a halter top and carrying a sign, chanting Three, five, seven, nine, lesbians are MIGHTY FINE!
Things are different now, and more people are probably open to reading a book like this, even when there are no humming-wire family issues involved. It did me a world of good. If you are lesbian, are in favor of gay rights but arent sure if you are comfortable about actual lesbians--a lot of people have told me this over the years: its a private matter, but I dont want to hear about it-- or if you are not easily offended and just want to laugh, and laugh, and laugh, get this book. Read it now.
National Writers Series: Rita Mae Brown
Rubyfruit Jungle is the first novel by Rita Mae Brown. Published in , 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. The novel focuses on Molly Bolt, the adopted daughter of a poor family, who possesses remarkable beauty and who is aware of her lesbianism from early childhood. Her relationship with her mother is rocky, and at a young age her mother, referred to as "Carrie", informs Molly that she is not her own biological child but a "bastard". Molly has her first same-sex sexual relationship in the sixth grade with her girlfriend Leota B.
I concluded [Rubyfruit Jungle] without much pleasure. Thought it was kinda meh. It was disappointing: not particularly well written, with most second tier characters lacking depth, and some sexual I loved the main character for her ambition. Far too many books portray romance as the goal of womankind.
Based in Vermont, the press was run by the two women funding it, and Rubyfruit Jungle was one of their first books. By word of mouth—no ads, no press—a book that is most often described as a semi-autobiographical lesbian coming-of-age novel became incredibly famous ; the women of Daughters, Inc. Eventually, Bantam now part of Penguin Random House bought the press, and the imprint has continued to publish Brown's books ever since. From being raised by Republicans to living as a homeless NYU student to owning a ranch in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she currently resides, Brown has led a fascinating life as both an activist she got kicked out of school for participating in a civil rights protest, and was notorious in the 70s for her willingness to speak out about being gay and a staunch feminist apparent in all of her books and interviews. She has written dozens of books, both stand-alone "serious" novels, of which Rubyfruit Jungle was the first, and many mysteries, featuring a female sleuth named Harry and a cat named Mrs. To follow up this interview conducted in , when Rubyfruit Jungle was being rereleased with a new cover, Broadly spoke to Brown about overcoming oppression, learning to love genre writing as a "literary snob," and the immediate, overwhelming success of her debut novel. Watch: Virginie Despentes on Killing Rapists.
It's being reissued in June with a new cover to the delight of many women for whom the book was the coming out story we identified with — before Alison Bechdel or Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When Brown's story hit, there was by no means wide acceptance of people identifying as anything other than cis and straight, and her tale was remarkable. Hell, it still is. Rita Mae Brown doesn't quite see her book the way I — and so many members of the gay community — do. When I asked her whether she knew she was writing a revolutionary book, she answered concisely: "No.
Look Inside. Jun 23, ISBN Jun 25, ISBN In bawdy, moving prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the story of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges her own path in America. With her startling beauty and crackling wit, Molly finds that women are drawn to her wherever she goes—and she refuses to apologize for loving them back.
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