And the first book of the New Year… “Lez” classic, “Rubyfruit Jungle”

So the very first book I read this year was Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. It’s one of those classics of lesbian fiction that I’ve never gotten around to until now.  When I was back home for Christmas my Dad gave me a big box of books that his (formerly) lesbian friend gave him.  As she knows I’m also a queer, she told my Dad there were a bunch of lesbo books in the box that I might like. I went through it but there wasn’t much that struck my fancy except for Rubyfruit Jungle, because I knew it was considered to be one of the classics in regards to books written by lesbians and about lesbians.

I was pleasantly surprised because I had no idea what to expect.  I think sometimes when I read LGBT fiction from the 1970’s it is harder to relate to because the experience of being an LGBT person in 2011 seems so much different in ways.  I found that I actually related to this book a lot though and really enjoyed the spunk of the main character, Molly.  It’s about her adventures growing up as a poor tomboy in Florida and then sort of running away to New York City and her experiences there.  By the end of the book I was rooting for Molly and it felt kinda like hanging out with one of my BFFs.  This book surprised me in a lot of ways and was much more risque than I had initially thought it would be, such as the part where Molly is having sex with both an older mother and her sixteen year old daughter… Such scandal!  I really liked this line from the book (and thought it was SO lez!):

“I don’t believe anyone in this day and age can live without a fantasy.”

“Well, I do have one thing but I’m not sure it’s a fantasy.”

“Tell, tell.”  She put her arm around my waist.

“When I make love to women I think of their genitals as a, as a ruby fruit jungle.”

“Ruby fruit jungle?”

“Yeah, women are thick and rich and full of hidden treasures and besides that, they taste good.”

“That’s hardly a fantasy.  You have an extremely immature sex life, Molly.  No wonder you’re a lesbian.”

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3 Comments

  1. Jaide said,

    February 18, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Haha! Very nice quote. I shall keep this book in mind when I feel as though I could use some more lesbian-ness in my life. I’m currently reading books like The Road Less Traveled and Leadership and Self Deception which are at a mini library at my work. Super happy to discover the selection provided. Anyway, I was not lead astray when ya lent me the Adventuress. Certainly lost my graphic novel virginity to that book.

  2. Von said,

    February 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    If I had to pick one word to describe you Nicole, it would be: adventuress. I like your blog so far but wonder how you will ever have the time to keep it up to date. I’m looking forward to future entries.

  3. March 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

    […] And the first book of the New Year… “Lez” classic, “Rubyfruit Jungle …Feb 16, 2011 … I really liked this line from the book (and thought it was SO lez!): “I don’t believe anyone in this day and age can live without a fantasy.” “Well … […]


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