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AUTHOR: Rita Mae Brown
DATE: 2015 (originally 1973)
AWARDS: Lee Lynch Classic Book Award
by Rita Mae Brown
A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this country’s most distinctive voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative work more than forty years after its original publication. 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. This literary milestone continues to resonate with its message about being true to yourself and, against the odds, living happily ever after.
A complicated piece of queer literary history, Rubyfruit Jungle is a book about women who love women written by radical feminist Rita Mae Brown. Brown has stated that she believes nearly “everyone is bisexual”, and that interpretation can be brought to her fiction work.