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As Brown (Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, 2014, etc.) presents painstakingly accurate details of the fox hunts—which she assures her readers are humane—Sister toils to unravel the mystery of Weevil’s return while ensuring that Tootie and Yvonne don’t unravel.
So naturally, when the bestselling author of Rubyfruit Jungle, Venus Envy, and the Mrs.
Murphy mystery series writes about her own life, it's a hoot, a rollicking ride with an independent, opinionated woman who changed literary history--the first openly lesbian writer to break into the mainstream.
Her determination to live, and shock everyone by doing it, has become a metaphor for her entire life. Definitely queer with a preference for women, but she also likes men.
Though raised by these loving adoptive parents and a wacky host of other interfering kin, Rita Mae Brown learned early on to be tough and to speak her mind. I mean, not just when she was younger; she mentions pretty late into the book that she was still dating men sometimes. People can label themselves however they want, I guess. I'd always been told she was a lesbian and she referred to herself as such, so I therefore assumed she didn't like men. It was interesting to read about her childhood and early adulthood, and I feel sorry for her because her mom and Aunt Mimi were absolute monsters.
Given her many years of experience as the Master of the Jefferson Hunt, Jane "Sister" Arnold thought she had seen it all, but a video her friend Marion finds on her phone after having left it behind at the Hunting Hall of Fame has her doubting herself.
The video appears to be a selfie taken by none other than Wesley "Weevil" Carruthers, who disappeared in a hunt back in 1954, never to be seen again.It was her refusal to be anything but herself that often brought her the most trouble. Though it's clear from this book that, above everything else, she likes herself. But now her novels make sense, because they're all based on her family members.Here she tells of her tempestuous relationship with her adoptive mother, the mythic Juts of the novels Six of One and Bingo, who called her "the ill," for illegitimate, whenever she lost her temper, and who swore she'd introduce Rita Mae to the social graces, including the dreaded cotillion, even if it killed them both. And I enjoyed reading about her experiences with other people and the way she dropped names.Now, in When Rita Mae Brown writes, people often end up laughing out loud.Now, in Rita Will, she tells all..tells it hilariously.She writes with close-to-the-bone honesty about woman-woman love...including her love-at-first-sight relationship with a popular actor and her headline-making romance with tennis great Martina Navratilova. But now her novels make sense, because they're all based on her family members.