Rubyfruit Jungle

Title

Rubyfruit Jungle

Authors

Rita Mae Brown

Publisher

Bantam

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9781101965122

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

9-12; Adult

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Adoption; Gay/Lesbian; adopted teenager; adoptive parents; lesbian; lesbian teenager; same-sex relationships

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

adoptive mother and father

LGBTQ+

lesbian female

Awards

Lee Lynch Classic Book Award, Lambda Literary Pioneer Award

Keywords

coming-of-age; sex positive; resourceful; rich versus poor; beauty; sex; high school; scholarship

Diversity Impact

direct

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