Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is an American writer and feminist. She is best known for her first novel 'Rubyfruit Jungle', published in 1973, which was a groundbreaking work in lesbian literature. Brown has written numerous other novels, both in the mystery genre and dealing with social and political issues. Additionally, she has been an activist for women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights.


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  1. 1. Rubyfruit Jungle

    "Rubyfruit Jungle" is a coming-of-age novel that explores the life of a young girl growing up in poverty in the American South, who realizes she is a lesbian. The protagonist is a fiercely independent and ambitious woman who overcomes societal norms and prejudices to pursue her dreams. The narrative provides an honest and humorous look at sexuality and identity, while also addressing the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.

  2. 2. Six Of One

    "Six of One" is a humorous and poignant exploration of the lives, loves, and feuds of the inhabitants of Runnymede, a small town on the Mason-Dixon line. The novel spans half a century, beginning in World War I and moving through the 1970s, focusing on the strong-willed women of the Hunsenmeir family, their friends, and neighbors. At the heart of the story is the relationship between the rebellious Julia and her more conventional sister Louise, capturing the essence of small-town America through their rivalries, alliances, and intricate social dynamics. The narrative weaves together personal and historical events, showcasing the evolution of women's roles and the impact of social change on this tight-knit community.