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"If gallantry in our day is defined as facing adversity with screams of laughter, then this is the most gallant book I know of." - Edmund White

"...this is the great gay memoir you always wanted to write." - HX Magazine - New York City

"FINDING HIS NICHE: Arthur Wooten recently discovered a mid-career talent for writing plays and a new novel, On Picking Fruit. His work has been nominated for several awards -- the Lambda Literary Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle Award." - The Boston Globe

"You don't have to be single, male or gay to appreciate the hilarity and hazards of the dating world! I also enjoyed Fruit Cocktail just as much (sequels are almost always a disappointment - not in this case!!)" - Rebecca P., San Diego

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxias Productions (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983563136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983563136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,239,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Recore on July 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
One of those stories where some of us will say "I know those people", as their names pop into your head from your past and even your present. For a first attempt, Arthur Wooten has captured so many familiar moments and emotions. To a certain extent, I felt somewhat cheated. The book pulls you in and before you know it, you have finished it, hungry for more. Wooten's timing and quick wit can only be enhanced with a sequel and I surely hope he will have one soon. I left this book saying "what would Curtis do" and no matter how hard you try to do the opposite, you can identify with how easy it is to get consumed by the process of "picking fruit" and having done just what Curtis did.. well done and thanks for a reality check.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Edwards-Stout on November 25, 2011
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Looking for a fast and sassy read, full of laughs and good cheer? "On Picking Fruit" delivers all this, and more, as the lead character searches for love in NY, only to encounter everyones worst dating nightmares. Whether you are a romantic or the most cynical of readers, "On Picking Fruit" will leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory G. Allen on June 30, 2011
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Wooten has a knack for making the gay man's plight for love seem fresh. Too many times, I've read gay authors who attempt humor for the sake of humor and it seems forced and repeated. Everything that happened to Curtis Jenkins as he was looking for mister right made me laugh (sometimes literally outloud) and turn the page to see what would happen next. Though I've been in a loving relationship for years, I still related to the story and to the many places in the book. (Even my old neighborhood on Amsterdam Ave in NYC got a nice little shout-out.) Wooten's style is very clever without getting tired or bogged down. The perfect summer cocktail read! Speaking of cocktail...guess it's time I read the sequel to this book "Fruit Cocktail."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Oswald on September 26, 2007
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It's deliciously funny. It's a page turner. It's fiction but also reality. In "On Picking Fruit" Arthur Wooten delivers a lesson in life--in our modern love and dating life that is--in an entertaining way and with the help of a funny, yet insightful character, Curtis Jenkins. After reading the last page of "On Picking Fruit," one can only wonder what Jenkins is up to next, in the sequel "Fruit Cocktail."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JONS43 on November 6, 2006
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Arthur Wooten has done an outstanding job on portraying an average gay man in his "midlife" trying to do what we all want in life,find a companion. There were parts where I laughed out loud and wanted to share the scene with everyone. The twists and turns in the book catch you off guard. I can relate to Curtis..not Curt. We have all dated the men in this book. I can laugh about it now.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SCOTT CALLAHAN on May 24, 2005
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BRAVO! FINALLY A NOVEL ABOUT THE OFTEN INVISIBLE MINORITY IN GAY LITERATURE - THE MIDDLE AGED MAN. ARTHUR WOOTEN ESCORTS US ON A PERSONAL JOURNEY THAT IS BOTH HYSTERICALLY FUNNY AND AT TIMES, HEARTBREAKINGLY HONEST. "ON PICKING FRUIT" IS A GIFT OF THIS TALENTED WRITER'S HUMANITY. YEARS AGO, WHEN LILY TOMLIN WAS ASKED WHAT SHE WANTED THE AUDIENCE TO GET OUT OF "SEARCH FOR SIGNS", SHE RESPONDED WITH A QUOTE FROM JANE WAGNER, WHO SAID, " I WANT THE AUDIENCE TO LEAVE WITH A HIGHER OPINION OF THEMSELVES." I NEVER LIKE TO COMPARE ONE PERSON'S WORK WITH ANOTHER, BUT I THINK THAT THOSE OF US WHO WANDER DOWN MR. WOOTEN'S YELLOW BRICK ROAD OF ROMANTIC MISADVENTURES, WILL CLOSE THE BOOK WITH A HIGHER OPINION OF THEMSELVES, TOO. I KNOW I DID.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Chapters on August 22, 2012
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On Picking Fruit: A Novel

Arthur Wooten, a man with an incredible sense of humor, has written a hysterically funny romp through a man's quest to find someone to love that isn't insane, self-absorbed or just a hopeless mess.

When a cocktail of prescription medications have a side-effect that causes Curtis Jenkins to attempt a suicide that failed, and incidentally was probably the most half-assed suicide attempt the hospital has ever seen, his mother and long time gay friend Quinn, begin a campaign to find someone for Curtis to love.
After much badgering by the pair, Curtis gives in, finally seeking the help of an off-the-wall psychiatrist. She has a rather radical form of treatment that causes Curtis to reach outside of his protective little box. As a result a comedy of errors begins to play out. It's a wonder the man is able to make it out of the world of online dating and blind dates from the personal ads, with some of the craziest gays he will ever meet.

I found myself laughing so much that I had tears in my eyes at several situations the lead character Curtis Jenkins found himself in the center of. There are some moments that will tug at hearts of readers throughout the book to balance out the craziness. Curtis's mother is larger than life and I'm sure each and every one of Arthur's readers will be able to relate to her in some way or another. Curtis's bestie Quinn is that kind of friend that gets on your nerves and makes you love him all at the same time.

"On Picking Fruit" is a five star read that I should be able to give ten stars to...it's that good!
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