Rubyfruit Jungle is the first milestone novel in the extraordinary career of one of this country's most distinctive writers. Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, Rubyfruit Jungle is about growing up a lesbian in America – and living happily ever after.Born a bastard, Molly... show more
Rubyfruit Jungle is the first milestone novel in the extraordinary career of one of this country's most distinctive writers. Bawdy and moving, the ultimate word-of-mouth bestseller, 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. Critically acclaimed when first published, Rubyfruit Jungle has only grown in reputation as it has reached new generations of readers who respond to its feisty and inspiring heroine.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: May 1st 1983
Pages no: 246
Edition language: English
, Coming Of Age
, Lesbian Fiction
I remember this book as the very first I ever read that had explicit lesbian relationships and I now realize what an impact it had on that genre. Molly is a great character, no-nonsense, a does what she wants kind of gal.
I thought this book well written. It had enough humor in it that it didn't feel overly dramatic, as so many serious books can do. For example, the dog crap in the desk was hilarious. I was shocked how people reacted to lesbians throughout the story; it is terrible that in forty years we have not yet...
Well. Look, I read Rubyfruit Jungle and [book:The Well of Loneliness] the same weekend during my freshman year of high school (1986). I'm not ashamed to say that I totally loved this book when I read it. I feel some shame now (internalized homophobia?) when I think about how I then read everything e...
Jill picked this book for me to read, I believe, because she knew I had enjoyed Brown's writer's manual (on which I had some comments last year) and thought that I'd get a kick from this one.Jill had said that it read like a first novel, and it does, but that's not to take away anything from it. Lik...