Rubyfruit Jungle.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Magenya, Sheena
Pub Date: 06/01/2008
Publication: Name: Sister Namibia Publisher: Sister Namibia Audience: Academic; General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Sister Namibia ISSN: 1026-9126
Issue: Date: June, 2008 Source Volume: 20 Source Issue: 2
Topic: NamedWork: Rubyfruit Jungle (Novel)
Persons: Reviewee: Brown, Rita Mae
Accession Number: 184550011
Full Text: Rubyfruit Jungle is the in-your-face story of Molly Bolt, a fictional character but very real at the same time. From an early age, Molly knows that she is different. She wants different things and likes different things too. Adopted by a poor southern couple, she grows up knowing that although she is different she is totally OK with that. She falls in love with a girl in sixth grade, which further reinforces her status as a social pariah. Molly refuses to apologise for the person that she is. She is unrepentant for wanting more; Molly dares to dream big dreams, and will not take anyone telling her that she cannot achieve them.

In Rubyfruit Jungle Rita Mae Brown gives us unlimited access to the heart and mind of this young lesbian and tears away the stereotypical generalisations of people. You can't help but give Molly a high-five every time she speaks her mind aloud, and without fear.

Brown's language might be judged as insensitive and raw, but gives an honest depiction of the harsh realities of growing up. Rubyfruit Jungle challenges readers to question their own grown-up moral prejudices, born of social norms and ignorance. This book is a quick, easy read, but gets the message across loud and clear. A much recommended read for all, lesbian, straight, or whatever.


Rita Mae Brown

Bantam Books, New York, 1977

Reviewed by Sheena Magenya
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