Bantam is reissuing the iconic Ruby fruit Jungle(paperback, $16) to mark both Pride Month and the 42nd anniversary of the novel's publication. Rita Mae Brown writes about her landmark novel: Silence is as instructive as running the mouth. When Ruby fruit Jungle was first published by Daughters, Inc., in 1973, the print run was 1,000 copies. Silence. No advertising, no reviews, not a glimmer of interest from the literary establishments. And then orders hit like an avalanche.