On Picking Fruit: A Novel
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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
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 Curtis to explore the real reasons why he hasn't 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).
HX Magazine - New York City
There are two schools of thought regarding dating: Quantity over quality and the elusive hope that somewhere, in the debris of New Yorkers, there's the one who gets you. Wooten falls firmly in the latter category, despite an endless stream of losers. From creepy guys online to humiliating beach sex, this is the great gay memoir you always wanted to write.
Review by Howard Watson - QX Magazine, London
Despite being a successful writer and living in New York City, Curtis Jenkins has hit the mid-life crises of all mid-life crises. After an alleged overdose, his mother and best friend encourage him to seek help from an eccentric psychiatrist, Dr Magda Tunick. Tunick emboldens Curtis to explore his failure the reasons behind his inability to secure a relationship. Arthur Wooten's comic novel is an irreverent book examining one man's seemingly fruitless journey for the perfect mate. Entertaining, enthralling and never less than sympathetic to the central character's foibles, this is an often amusing and humane tale.
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