The power of literature to change lives has been apparent throughout history and for Grand Valley State University’s Lesbian Gay and Queer Literature professor this is no exception. Danielle DeMuth was 22 years old, freshly out of college, when a woman came on to her by giving her Rita Mae Brown’s novel Rubyfruit Jungle to read. “We started dating ten minutes after I finished the novel,” DeMuth said.
So now I wear this label, ‘Queer’ emblazoned across my chest. Or I could always carve a scarlet 'L’ on my forehead. Why does everyone have to put you in a box and nail the lid on it? I don’t know what I am - polymorphous and perverse.
—  Molly Bolt, Rubyfruit Jungle
The last thing she said in the film was, “I’m gonna turn this house into a big gingerbread cake with icing on the corners. Then when those goddamn bill collectors come after me I just tell ‘em to break off a piece of the house and leave me alone. In time they eat the whole house,” she chuckled, “then I’ll be sittin’ out in the sunshine that the good Lord made. I’ll be out in the lilies of the field that’s richer than all King Solomon’s gold. That ain’t a bad way to die when yer as old as I am.” She laughed a strong, certain laugh and as that laugh died so did the light.
—  Rita Mae Brown, Rubyfruit Jungle