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Posted November 11, 2003
'Anna Livia's astringently humorous, no-holds-barred novel, 'Bruised Fruit,' is the story of British Caroline, lesbian escapee from an abusive relationship; Sydney, dainty hermaphrodite with a Southern drawl; and Patti, bisexual with a trust fund who inexorably, it seems, kills every man she sleeps with.' 'These three, along with a tantalizing array of minor characters, are thrown together in San Francisco, each in search of someone to tell his or her--or in the case of Sydney, his and her--secrets to. When fate gathers them at the home of Ella Weissman, a feminist therapist whose house is her significant other, the intertwined tale of their loves, fears, and confusions sinuously unfolds.' After I read the first few chapters of 'Bruised Fruit,' I was confused. Who is this story about Patti, Caroline or Sydney? A light bulb lit up inside of my head. This book was about all three characters. The author intricately wove a web that brought these characters together as bruised fruit later in the chapters. 'Bruised Fruit' may have confused me at first. Then I found myself entangled in the storyline. I didn't want to sit the book down. Caroline is continually shocked by exposure to her own 'tales of the city.' Sydney feels compelled, once and for all, to pick a gender. Patti wants to be sexually attractive without giving in to everyone else's desire and its negative effects, where she kills every man she sleeps with. (Patti does not kill them through the act of sex. She cannot be that talented. Or may be she is.) Then Patti finds herself attracted to Caroline. Could this be the death of Caroline? Does Sydney find love and chose a gender? Livia wrote 'Bruised Fruit' as a mixture of chilling comedy and neogothic. One thing I was taught by reading 'Bruised Fruit' was that I would check the fruit carefully in my cart before taking it home. It is better to squeeze it first and get to know your fruit. This way you will have no unwanted surprises. Place a copy of 'Bruised Fruit' in your cart. It is better than most characters you have taken home or fruit you have purchased!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2001
A wacky, lighthearted style of writing applied to some serious subjects - incest, domestic abuse, and murder to name a few. If you enjoy a quickly paced novel that doesn't take itself too seriously, you might find Bruised Fruit to your liking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.