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Brown, Rita Mae

rubyfruit jungle story genre

(US, 1944– )

Rita Mae Brown's first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle (1978), could be mistaken for just another in that genre of growing up gay, which you suspect is 95 per cent autobiography and 5 per cent fiction. But this powerful story of self-belief is now recognized as a classic of lesbian writing. The novel tracks Molly from her dirt-poor Southern childhood to student life in the big city, tackling bigotry and sexism head-on. A satisfying story for any reader who loves a rebel. Brown's later ventures into genre writing, such as Sudden Death (1984), a thriller set on the tennis circuit, are best avoided, but don't let them put you off reading Rubyfruit Jungle, which is everything it's cracked up to be.

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