Rubyfruit Jungle

By Rita Mae Brown

“The infrequent paintings of fiction that has replaced actual existence . . . should you don’t but be aware of Molly Bolt—or Rita Mae Brown, who created her—I urge you to learn and thank them both.”—Gloria Steinem
 
Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award | Winner of the Lee Lynch vintage publication Award
 
A landmark coming-of-age novel that introduced the occupation of 1 of this country’s such a lot unique voices, Rubyfruit Jungle remains a transformative paintings greater than 40 years after its unique ebook. In bawdy, relocating prose, Rita Mae Brown tells the tale of Molly Bolt, the adoptive daughter of a dirt-poor Southern couple who boldly forges her personal course in the United States. along with her startling attractiveness and crackling wit, Molly unearths that girls are interested in her at any place she goes—and she refuses to ask for forgiveness for loving them again. This literary milestone keeps to resonate with its message approximately being precise to your self and, opposed to the percentages, dwelling fortunately ever after.
 
Praise for Rubyfruit Jungle
 
“Groundbreaking.”The manhattan Times
 
“Powerful . . . a very brilliant publication . . . i discovered myself giggling hysterically, then sobbing uncontrollably simply moments later.”—The Boston Globe
 
“You can’t totally know—or enjoy—how a lot the area has replaced with no studying this really outstanding book.”—Andrew Tobias, writer of The top Little Boy within the World
 
“A crass and hilarious slice of starting to be up ‘different,’ as enjoyable to learn this present day because it used to be in 1973.”The Rumpus
 
“Molly Bolt is a real descendant—genuine female descendant—of Huckleberry Finn. And Rita Mae Brown is, like Mark Twain, a significant author who will get her messages throughout via laughter.”—Donna E. Shalala

“A trailblazing literary coup at booklet . . . It used to be the proper publication on the correct time.”—Lee Lynch, writer of Beggar of Love

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Come on in, you hit the jackpot. I’m going to Boston. ’ I slung myself into the low Corvette and prayed he wasn’t lately published from a psychological establishment. perhaps he could be praying: i used to be the single simply out of protecting custody. ‘My identify is Ralph. What’s yours? ’ ‘Molly Bolt. ’ ‘Hi, Molly. ’ ‘Hi, Ralph. ’ ‘How come you’re hitching? That’s risky, you recognize that? ’ ‘Yeah, i do know that, yet I didn’t precisely have a fats selection. ’ I embarked on my rap approximately working out of cash. Ralph was once brief, muscular, and had blond, curly hair. He went to M. I. T. and majored in nuclear physics. He was once a pleasant younger guy, drawn to me, yet too well mannered to lunge. I had latched onto a fortunate journey. All I needed to do used to be speak, maintain him entertained, and take a flip on the wheel. He used to be in a rush to come again so we skipped a in all likelihood grotesque hotel scene. The glove compartment was once filled with dex so there has been no risk of flaking out. We talked nonstop the entire means up the japanese seaboard. ultimately I understood the quantum thought and Ralph understood the increase of Joseph Stalin. eventually, after we got here throughout the Holland Tunnel, I understood that there by no means was once a urban like big apple. i used to be getting into a international land with out one good friend and extremely little funds. ‘Molly, permit me force you in your door. I don’t brain in any respect. ’ ‘Thanks, yet I’d wish to stroll round a bit. Sounds corny yet i actually are looking to do it. Why don’t you allow me in Washington sq.? ’ I had learn someplace in a few trashy ebook that the sq. was once the hub of the Village and the Village used to be the hub of homosexuality. Ralph dropped me correct in entrance of the arch. He gave me his deal with, a kiss, and a cheery goodbye and drove off in a gasp of carbon gasoline. I needed to struggle again an urge to name him again and inform him I didn’t comprehend one rattling factor approximately this immense urban and why no longer swap colleges to long island and be my good friend. The temperature was once within the thirties and all I had was once a skinny jacket with a workforce neck sweater on beneath plus $24. sixty one in my pocket. The sq. used to be no longer teeming with flashy homosexual humans as I had was hoping. i began up 5th road and attempted to not cry. Faces have been coming at me in all instructions and that i didn’t be aware of considered one of them. humans have been pushing and hurrying and not anyone smiled, no longer even a bit grin. This wasn’t a urban, it was once a few department of hell, the placing Gardens of Neon burning into my cranium. Hell or now not, there has been no position for me to head so this might be my position. I acquired so far as 14th road. The mad consumers speeding for Mays and Kleins approximately trampled me. I rotated to return to the sq., at the very least it was once quieter there. It used to be getting overdue and an acid drizzle was once coming down. Already i may suppose the toxins caking in my nostrils and my eyes burning from the fumes. starvation hit like a semi because the dex wore off, yet i used to be afraid to spend any cash on nutrition. I knew I couldn’t spend any on a room both. It seemed as if i used to be going to curve up within the fountain within the park and freeze to loss of life. My arms had all started to crack and bleed from wearing my suitcase within the chilly.

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