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Rita Will


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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.


Best known for her mysteries (e.g., Murder, She Meowed) and the groundbreaking lesbian novel Rubyfruit Jungle, Brown tells of her tumultuous life.

"If you think the famous lesbian novelist tells all, you're right...Rita Mae [is] funny and thoughtful as all get-out. Read her book."
--Liz Smith

"Breezy, accessible, lively...There's no doubt that Brown can tell a story with the best of them. Rita Will is like a long story told on a country porch."
--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

The bestselling author of Southern fiction, screenplays and mysteries (the last, Murder, She Meowed, coauthored with a cat named Sneakie Pie) has produced an inspiring and flavorful autobiography. Of itself, the skeleton of Brown's life promises‘and delivers‘a progression of star-studded episodes with lessons to impart: the author was a founding member of the feminist movement; the first openly gay writer to break into the mainstream; and an ex-lover of tennis legend Martina Navratilova. From the start, Brown demonstrated bravery and integrity, and it's clear she considered her political activism and path-breaking "outness" to be matters not of choice but of course. This attitude, like many others revealed in her wonderfully thoughtful, funny memoir, bespeaks a truth at once self-evident and sensible to the point of surprise. Illegitimate and adopted as a child, the future writer knew from the start what it means to be an outsider. Fans of her novels will enjoy seeing how much of her bestselling fiction is pulled from real life. Brown's account of her childhood is consummately readable, bearing all the hallmarks of a coming-of-age novel‘though fans know how she turns out. (Oct.)

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