What attracts readers to Arthur Wooten's work is that it's fiction that rings true, portraying a fragment of the reality surrounding us. 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.
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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 thirty-year-olds who had ten trips in one week," the author explains. I wanted the middle age [gay] man to be heard. J[enkins] Curtis' mother ; Quinn, Curtis' best friend; and even his old and quirky therapist. They are all part of Arthur Wooten in some way, because he, as the author, created them all.
Therefore, his characters come out of his soul, his mind and heart. In On Picking Fruit the protagonist has an unrealistic, fairy-tale like idea of the perfect date, an idea that may actually stay in the way of his finding the ideal relationship.
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In Fruit Cocktail, Curtis grows up a lot, as a character, thus gaining a more clear sense of himself. He becomes more realistic about his dates, and also about himself. He realizes that, while dating, the question should be if he likes his date, not the other way around And the fact that there is no resolution in Fruit Cocktail allows the possibility for Curtis Jenkins to continue evolving and entertaining. The author has always believed in the synchronicity and serendipity of his novels.
That's how he explains the path of his novels being adapted for the screen. We find the idea in his books and in Dr. Tunick's, the quirky therapist, advice to Curtis: See all 10 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on January 18, Published on January 16, Published on June 30, Published on April 11, Published on December 25, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us.
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Read more Read less. From Publishers Weekly Alternating entries from two journals chronicle the parallel experiences of two somethings starting lives in New York City in this slight but entertaining novel. St Martins Press; 1st edition January 1, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I found this book in a little used bookstore somewhere in the Village, appropriately enough, since that is where the story is set. Gen-Xers will be able to identify well with the characters, I think; I could relate to many of their trials and tribulations. I especially loved how so many things are left to the reader to decide, ie. The way the book was printed initially drew me in.
It inspired me to pick up reading as well as writing in a journal again. One person found this helpful. There's a problem loading this menu right now.