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A Provocative Story for the Eyes, Ears, and Imagination

Surrender to an outrageous tropical burlesque about the creative act of finding and keeping love.

“Original and thought-provoking. It will leave you in awe.”

—Elizabeth Sagan @elizabeth_sagan


About Island Fruit Remedy

What might it take for a spurned fantasist to find hearth and home?

On the Key, Wood encounters women with the names and personalities of tropical fruit. Each holds a mirror up to his romantic ideas, and with one, he forms a deep connection.

But the mystery of the elusive Papaya is a fantasy he can’t set aside, and it threatens to destroy everything—until, in his greatest moment of need, Wood conjures the ultimate teacher . . .

With burlesque flair and keen insight, Island Fruit Remedy rewards the reader with an unexpectedly sober discovery about the creative act of finding and keeping love.

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About the Book
A Q&A with Rich Shapero

Island Fruit Remedy by Rich Shapero

Q: Our protagonist, Wood, is a fantasist. It takes him some time to see his romantic fantasies for what they are. One has to wonder: do you write from experience?

RS: If you’re going for the truth, there’s no other way.

Q: It’s a difficult journey for him, but he finds home and hearth.

RS: He does. In a way, Island Fruit Remedy is a counterstatement to Rin, Tongue and Dorner. Wood finds what Dorner does not. The remedy is truthful to me, because that’s how I experienced it. Finding home and hearth is difficult if it’s not part of your childhood.

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About the Artwork and Animations
A Q&A with Rich Shapero

Q: Artwork appears in the digital versions of most of your novels, but there is a striking connection between Ramón Alejandro’s paintings and the specific events and ideas in Island Fruit Remedy.

RS: In no other project is the correspondence so close. It was a collaboration in every respect, from character to plot to setting to theme. The idea for the story germinated in the eighties, long before I knew Ramón’s work. But I couldn’t figure out how to tell the story. Ramón gave me the characters and events, and it was his outlook on gender that helped me make Wood’s experience concrete.

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