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Rubyfruit Jungle book cover
RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE was published in 1973 by Daughters Press, a small, independent publishing house.

The novel takes place during the 1950s and 1960s.
RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE
by Rita Mae Brown

Molly and her high school friend Connie have this exchange after Connie learns Molly has been sleeping with their mutual friend Carolyn.

"Do you think you're a queer?"

"Oh great, you too. So now I wear this label 'Queer' emblazoned across my chest. Or I could always carve a scarlet 'L' on my forehead. Why does everyone have to put you in a box and nail the lid on it? I don't know what I am—polymorphous and perverse. Shit. I don't even know if I'm white. I'm me. That's all I am and all I want to be. Do I have to be something?" Connie looked down at her hands and her eyebrows wrinkled over her eyes. "Come on, Connie, what's on your mind?"

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To many, events at New York City's Stonewall Inn on June 27, 1969, represent the beginning of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement. more
autobiography
Rita Mae Brown
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Contemporary reviewers discuss RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE. more
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1974 headline from It's Time, monthly newsletter of the National Gay Task Force
Critic James Mandrell reads RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE as a picaresque novel, a genre popular with Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison and Saul Bellow. more
The American Novel