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On Picking Fruit (Urban Fruit)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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.

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 p
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 200 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Galaxias Productions (first published April 25th 2005)
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Nancy Silk
"Not Ripe, Too Ripe, Hard To Find One Just Right"

Late at night, laying in bed, I started reading this story. It grabbed me quickly that I was fearful I'd wake-up hubby if I let out a very big laugh! It is so, so humorous! Curtis Jenkins is born breach and from that first day, Curtis' mother knows he is gay and is very proud of her gay boy, also very protective. At age ten, his mother is still sharing his birth story with anyone and everyone at the local grocery store. He's proud to know he was b
Curtis Jenkins was born gay, so says his gregarious and outrageous mother; he never had a problem about coming out, she’d already told everyone at every opportunity. But now in his mid forties and a successful writer he is still single, and HIV positive. Then one day he wakes to finds himself in hospital, not knowing how he got there, he learns that he attempted suicide, or so it is claimed. However as a condition of his release from hospital he is required to make an appointment with a psychiat ...more
Curtis is a 40 something gay man living in Manhattan who though being "born gay" has never had a steady boyfriend. After an accidental overdose (on Beano?) which is deemed a suicide attempt, Curtis is required to see a therapist and on the recommendation of his Cali friend Quinn starts seeing an octogenarian polish woman with a cranky dog and a dating philosophy for Curtis to follow.

What ensues is a catalogue of disastrous dates and dream boy stories that will have every gay man of a certain ag
Arthur Wooten, a man with an incredible sense of humor, has written a hysterically funny romp through a man's quest to find someone to love that isn't insane, self-absorbed or just a hopeless mess.

When a cocktail of prescription medications have a side-effect that causes Curtis Jenkins to attempt a suicide that failed, and incidentally was probably the most half-assed suicide attempt the hospital has ever seen, his mother and long time gay friend Quinn, begin a campaign to find someone for Curt
Gregory Allen
Wooten has a knack for making the gay man's plight for love seem fresh. Too many times, I've read gay authors who attempt humor for the sake of humor and it seems forced and repeated. Everything that happened to Curtis Jenkins as he was looking for mister right made me laugh (sometimes literally outloud) and turn the page to see what would happen next. Though I've been in a loving relationship for years, I still related to the story and to the many places in the book. (Even my old neighborhood o ...more
Curtis is a single, 45-year-old HIV+ hunk who hasn't been on a date in ages. Per the advice of his psychiatrist, who insists he go on at least 2 dates between each bi-weekly session, Curtis encounters a Liza impersonator, a 21-year-old who still lives at home with his parents, and a butch hairdresser who turns out to be anything but (to name just a few). The results are always hilarious, and it certainly doesn't help his ego when his mother decides to come out as a lesbian and meets her match al ...more
Arthur Wooten has such style in writing that he picks you up from your chair and carries you away with him in this fast-paced romp of a gay man's search for the right 'fruit'. One can simply look at the publication date to see this man has longevity and that he knows what he is doing. People such as myself still discovering Curtis years after the book first appeared. I can't recommend it enough! Funny yet touching. One you will not want to be put down until you've completed it.
Kergan Edwards-Stout
A fun and frothy romp! 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.
Excellent read, very funny, kept me awake at night, laughing. The search for a suitable partner is a universal theme, so no matter your orientation, what Arthur writes about hits home.
A fun book to read. Has given me hope in finding a great man.
Lily Hudson
Apr 16, 2008 Lily Hudson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: likes Armistead Maupin's tales.
Shelves: funny-gents
You will love Curtis Jenkins.
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Andrew Wooten has written for theater, film & television, he currently resides in NYC
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