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On Picking Fruit: A Novel Paperback – June 30, 2011
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"...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
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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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was not the worst book I have read, but it wasn't particularly good.
Although he's looking for love, every "perfect boyfriend" is described by his pecs, glutes,... Read more
I have never laughed so much, I couldn't put the book down. I think we have all gone through the same dating nightmares Curtis does in this book. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by AP
This book started out a little over the top for me but ended up being a really sweet story about the trials and tribulations of finding love. Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Kindle Customer
While often funny, the book seemed to have an underlying theme of negative gay stereotypes--many of the characteris were loose canons, and I grew tired of the silly thoughtless... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Dean Diggins
Arthur Wooten has such style in writing that he picks you up from your chair and carries you away with him in this fast-paced romp of a gay man's search for the right 'fruit'. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by Drake Braxton
You don't have to be single, male or gay to appreciate the hilarity and hazards of the dating world! Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by RP
It sounds like a good idea. Take a middle aged gay, mix with the wacky world of dating and serve with whipped cream. I just didn't find it satisfying. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by S. Hager