On Picking Fruit: A Novel

"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


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. But 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 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.

Books by Arthur Wooten

In Wise Bear William: A New Beginning, toys long forgotten in an attic discover that children are coming up to rescue them.
On Picking Fruit is a delicious tale about a gay man whose search for love runs up against bad luck, bad boys and bad advice from his irreverent mother, incorrigible best friend and unorthodox shrink.
In this freshly squeezed sequel to the critically acclaimed On Picking Fruit, Curtis Jenkins ironically pens the bestselling self-help book, 101 Ways to Collide into Your Gay Soul Mate, while still finding himself single and in the deep end of the dating pool.
A Stroke Of Luck: a short story and The "Dear Henry" Letters
In 1954 a divorced and destitute suburban housewife finds self-esteem, financial security and true love selling Tupperware.
When Lex Martindale, a New York City writer, goes home to celebrate his birthday and say good-bye to his dying father, he struggles with whether or not to share with his eccentric Southern family news of his own life-threatening situation.
Angie Styles, a beloved Broadway star, is struck down at the height of her career by a mysterious disease and is forced to reexamine her life and the people in it as she fights to survive.