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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593500475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593500474
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,608,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"If Armistead Maupin and David Sedaris had a love child, it would be Arthur Wooten." - Greg Archer, The Huffington Post

"A deliciously inventive novel that will leave you hungry for more." - Belo Miguel Cipriani, author of Blind: A Memoir

"Writing in a way that is alternately lovely and incisive, Wooten takes a look at the perilous state of same-sex dating in the new millennium in a way that invites both guffaws and smiling nods of recognition." Ben Patrick Johnson, author of If The Rains Don't Cleanse --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

ARTHUR WOOTEN is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dizzy, Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He's also penned the children's picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten's Shorts. A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York City and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand. For two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH. Arthur grew up in Andover, MA and now resides in New York City.

More About the Author

ARTHUR WOOTEN is the humorist for DNA Magazine and the creator of The Dizzy Traveler - a food, entertainment and travel blog. www.thedizzytraveler.blogspot.com

He's also the author of the critically acclaimed novels Dizzy, Leftovers, Birthday Pie, On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail. He's penned the children's picture book Wise Bear William: A New Beginning and the collection of short stories, Arthur Wooten's Shorts.

A playwright, his works include the award winning Birthday Pie, which had its world premiere at the Waterfront Playhouse, Key West, FL. His one act plays, Lily and The Lunch, have been produced in New York City and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand.

For two years he was the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH.

Arthur grew up in Andover, MA, and now resides in New York City.

www.arthurwooten.com

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Come on, Mr. Wooten.
Carey Parrish
You hear about the thirty-year-olds who had ten trips in one week," the author explains.
A. Oswald
Sweet and fun and the perfect thing to keep in case you need an emergency laugh.
Michelle Churchill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on December 24, 2007
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In a sequel to his delightful "On Picking Fruit," Wooten brings back middle-aged gay everyman Curtis Jenkins, chronically unlucky in love but ironically seeing his greatest commercial success in author of a book called "101 Ways to Collide Into Your Gay Soul Mate." The drama in his life is provided by his manipulative newly-bisexual mother, his sex-obsessed best friend Quinn, and his pushy agent who books him into a series of book signing appearances that provide most of the novel's plot. The memorial service for his former confidant/counselor (featured widely in the first book, in which she later died), Magda Tunick, introduces a new character, her sister Petra, who begins to fill the same need in Curtis' life as did her sister. Together with one or all of this entourage, Curtis embarks on a series of unexpected adventures, such as escaping from a cult-like "nude gay yoga" group, starting an impromptu telethon to save the job of a canceled gay TV host, moderating a gay dating contest, an unexpected reunion with a man from his past, attending his mother's lesbian wedding, and dating the priest from Magda's memorial service.

Those who loved Wooten's wit in the first novel will be more than satisfied here, with a book that is hysterically funny as well as surprisingly warm and emotional at times. Well-written, realistic characters and a great depiction of the craziness that is often seen in gay dating. Great, light read, much recommended to all. Five pieces of fruit out of five!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Churchill on January 18, 2012
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Fruit Cocktail is a delightful little secret. Sweet and fun and the perfect thing to keep in case you need an emergency laugh. I love finding out what Curtis has been up to and confess to telling everyone I know to read this delightful romp. You don't have to be gay to read it. You just have to have been on at least one date in your life. You'll see yourself and laugh out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carey Parrish on January 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
The incomparable Arthur Wooten returned to print with Fruit Cocktail, the sequel to his popular debut novel On Picking Fruit. It's not often that one enjoys a sequel as much as the first novel in a series but with Fruit Cocktail, Mr. Wooten has achieved this admirably.

Curtis Jenkins, our hero from On Picking Fruit, has found himself a celebrity with his book 101 Ways to Collide into Your Gay Soul Mate. Yet he hasn't collided with his yet, in spite of the book's success. Curtis sets out on a book tour and along for the ride are his flamboyant mother Mrs. J. and his best friend Quinn, who's a character worthy of a novel unto himself on his own. As is often the case, Curtis discovers a lot during his tour, through his many adventures and with the help of his supporting cast, and chiefly among these discoveries is a sense of himself that will endure whether he finds his Mr. Right, or not.

My next question for the author of Birthday Pie is when will we meet Curtis again? Come on, Mr. Wooten. The third book in this series is greatly anticipated.

A classic! Arthur Wooten has turned Fruit Cocktail into haute cuisine!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lake Michigan Sailor on January 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Arthur Wooten's writing is a pleasure to read. It also happens that he's consistently chosen subject matter that is home-turf for him, which makes reading one of his novels a slam dunk treat in terms of authenticity. His latest, FRUIT COCKTAIL, is no exception. Simply ... enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Oswald on January 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
What attracts readers to Arthur Wooten's work is that it's fiction that rings true, portraying a fragment of the reality surrounding us. In that sense and many others, Fruit Cocktail is a memorable read, a gift for all seasons, to oneself and/or others.

From high school gymnastics to pre-vet school, from realizing that acting was his call to making a living as an actor in New York City theaters, from discovering shiatsu and becoming a shiatsu massage practitioner to writing, the life experiences of Arthur Wooten have become, at least partly, sources of inspiration for his playwrights and novels. His debut novel, On Picking Fruit and its sequel, Fruit Cocktail, tell the story of a middle-age gay man, Curtis Jenkins, and his quest to find true and everlasting love.

Curtis Jenkins and his struggle to pick the right fruit (the perfect date) resonate with many of us. After all, we've all experienced dates from hell or promising relationships ending in heartbreak and shock, seemingly out of the blue. And, just like Curtis, we've all struggled to realize our dreams--dreams of love, profession and life, in general.

Curtis Jenkins, the protagonist, also opens our eyes to a certain aspect of today's society, especially today's dating arena, an aspect dealing with the realization that dating--and finding a soul mate--gets tougher as we grow older. In particular, it's tougher growing old and trying to find that special someone while being gay.

This sensitive, sometimes difficult to accept topic, it the one Wooten chooses to explore in his two novels. Through his protagonist, the author becomes a new voice in today's gay fiction. "You hear about the twenty-year-olds questioning their sexuality.
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