Rubyfruit Jungle

Rubyfruit Jungle

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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.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1977, c1973
ISBN: 9780553278866
055327886X
Branch Call Number: F BRO
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 18 cm

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emilyc2017
Sep 12, 2017

The sheer will and determination of Molly Bolt is inspiring. I loved reading about her unapologetically challenging the status quo throughout all her formative years and living her life her way and never giving up. We have one life and one life only we deserve to be happy and to live our lives our way. I can see why this book is a classic.

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sviera
Jul 05, 2011

A must read!

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joannet2
Mar 16, 2011

I enjoyed this coming of age story of Molly Bolt and strong willed, smart and funny lesbian growing up in the 50's. There are some good comments about society's feeling on lesbianism at that time and I could relate to some of what the character was struggling with. However, I did find it unrealistic that Molly managed to get every woman she wanted to sleep with her and didn't seem to struggle with her sexual identity too much.

Given that the book is a page turner and quite short I would recommend you give it a read because there are some great lines in the book that make up for some of its faults.

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