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by Arthur Wooten

  • ISBN: 0595346073
  • Category: Gay & Lesbian
  • Author: Arthur Wooten
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (April 25, 2005)
  • Pages: 168 pages
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  • Rating: 4.7
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On Picking Fruit is Arthur Wooten’s first novel. Since its release he has written and released four other novels, one of which is a children’s book

On Picking Fruit is Arthur Wooten’s first novel. Since its release he has written and released four other novels, one of which is a children’s book. Also 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 Off-Off Broadway and most recently in Te Anau, New Zealand. For two years he has been the humorist for the London based magazine, reFRESH it's that good.

ARTHUR WOOTENis 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, NewZealand.

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On Picking Fruit - Arthur Wooten. Second Printing: 2006. Galaxias Productions. 200 West 90th Street Suite 9B. New York, NY 10024. Third Printing: 2014. ISBN: 978-835631-0-5. Graphic Art by: Bud Santora.

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Although he was born gay, Curtis Jenkins has trouble picking fruit. Now a successful middle-aged New York City writer, he is still searching for that elusive man of his dreams. Unfortunately, Curtis has already formed a self-destructive pattern of choosing all the wrong men in all the wrong places. After a bizarre yet comical attempt at suicide Curtis becomes a reluctant patient of the aging and eccentric psychiatrist Dr. Magda Tunick. Her gruff and unethical approach to therapy relentlessly pushes Jenkins to explore the real reasons why he hasnt found love and helps him to discover the important qualities he desires in a man. Eager to help Curtis on his quest to find his true soul mate is his irreverent and unpredictable mother, Mrs. J., and his incorrigible best friend and soap opera writer, Quinn. Will Curtis discover who and what he truly wants in his life? While he barely survives dates that are funny, frightening, sexy, moving, and even shocking, Curtis may just uncover the fortitude to find Mr. Right (or even Mr. Pretty Close).
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Think you have more than your share of past "dates from hell" to speak of? Meet Curtis Jenkins, a successful middle-aged writer in New York City, who can't seem to even get close to finding Mr. Right. His overbearing, flamboyant mother (who claims she knew he was gay since the day he was born) and his best friend Quinn (a gay soap opera writer far more interested in finding "Mr. Right Now" instead of "Mr. Right") say that Curtis is too picky (hence the analogy to picking fruit), and push him to seek advice from the gruff, no-nonsense, ancient Dr. Magda Turnick (whom I can picture as sort of a geriatric Dr. Phil, in drag).

Pushed by Dr. Turnick to go on at least a date a week during therapy, Curtis stops avoiding meeting men, and has some some very amusing dates. Next to the narcoleptic con artist, it's a tie for me as to whether my favorite is the guy who invited him home for dinner (he made himself steak, but served Curtis only a plate of cheese and bread) or the guy who tried to seduce him dressed and made up as Liza Minnelli. Also amusing his fling with a "younger man", which necessitated Curtis hiding under the bed when the 21 year old's mother comes home unexpectedly and interrupted them! In the middle of it all, Curtis' mother comes up with a revelation and a new relationship for herself that throws Curtis for a loop.

Extremely witty and totally amusing, especially as a satirical look at living in a big city filled with eligible gay men, yet seeming only to be able to find the losers and weirdos (Been there, done that!) I laughed out loud several times, and could relate to Curtis' final revelation that dating was most definitely NOT like picking fruit, but required a lot of effort as well as some luck. A bit sparse at only 159 pages, and I feel the author could have easily fleshed this out more, for greater enhoyment. But I still give it four stars out of five, and recommend it as a light read.
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. We can all identify we Curtis' experiences in one way or another. I highly recommend this book and the sequel "Fruit Cocktail" and hope there will be another book because Curtis deserves to find the love of his life and we need him to keep us laughing.
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.
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. Whether you're gay or straight this book is a delightful read!
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. Maybe I'm not very interested in the main character. Curtis is a handsome, buff, successful writer (as he keeps reminding us). Curtis has high standards. He likes expensive name brand clothes and trendy restaurants, and definitely does NOT like inexpensive clothes and untrendy restaurants. Curtis has standards. Curtis wonders why a handsome, buff, successful writer should have to look for a boyfriend. Why aren't the men lined up asking HIM out? Curtis begins to date beneath himself. Curtis discovers the internets, men who dress up like ladies, men who like to date guys but who are actually married to women! What a wacky and surprising world this is! What's a handsome, buff, successful writer to do?

Curtis has lived in Manhattan for a number of years, yet seems a touch naive. He never questions why a 20 y.o. young man lives in a huge apartment with a view. He is scandalized and shocked by the concept of nudity in the wilderness.

Curtis keeps explaining to people that he is a writer (a successful writer), yet never writes and apparently never reads. One wonders how long Curtis's writing career will last.
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 behavior of the major character, who was so deetermined to meet the "right" persion that he would do almost anything. I lost patience and would have stopped reading the book if I wasn't reading it as part of a book club discussion group.. .
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, biceps, etc. I first thought the author was trying to write a farce, but if that was the intent, it failed as well.

Why does his therapist discuss her dealings with his friend? Why does the narrator tell us the 5 subway lines he took to get one place? Why does the narrator describe Skype to the readers like it's a new product and we have never seen a computer? Why are the quotation marks off in a number of paragraphs, at least in the kindle version? Why was I annoyed every time the author used "dé cor"?

It was occasionally amusing, but I didn't think it was good overall.

Lastly, look at all the five star reviews. And then click on the reviewer. Half have only reviewed this or a few books, and a few admit they are given the book for "an honest review". Those reviews might be honest, but strange how every one is five stars and "the best book they read all summer", "a hilarious romp", etc. (and I don't know the author, I'm not trying to promote someone else, I just want the time back that I spent reading this book. I expect honest reviews.)

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