So I’ve heard about Rubyfruit Jungle for a while now and I finally got around to reading it. I’ve heard it being hailed as the best lesbian novel around with close to nothing comparing to it. Did it live up to its hype? I don’t think so.
The story revolves around Molly, a young girl being raised in the 60s in the South by a couple who are not her parents. She’s taught that white is different from black, that people of the same sex cannot fall in love, and that she’ll need a man by her side to get by in life. But Molly isn’t one to follow the rules. From the start, she realizes she’s different. She’s adopted, she’s a “bastard,” and she likes girls. The story follows Molly from childhood up until her 20s when she moves to New York to pursue her dreams of becoming a filmmaker.
In my opinion, Rubyfruit Jungle is not a lesbian novel, it’s a feminist novel. Molly really holds her own. She goes out into the world with nothing to her name and fights to get a place at NYU in a highly male-dominated society. Sure, she falls in love with women along the way, but that’s not the main focus of the novel. The main focus is Molly’s power and determination to become the best version of herself that she can be. And I think she achieves that within the novel’s pages with promise for even more.
I think the novel has a great message for everyone and that is: follow your dreams no matter what and never let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goals.
Definitely worth a read. Grab a copy and happy reading! 🙂