New Coming-of-Age Novel Explores Eccentric Group of “Tropical Fruit” Friends

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Bobby Bernshausen | 0 Comments

Run away with naive Eltie Gray as he flees an abusive home in Ohio and hitches a ride to “The Key” in Tropical Fruit, by Wanda Steele.

A fish out of water in the unusual town, Eltie’s landlady warns him to “beware the company you keep.” He ignores her advice and soon finds himself part of a motley group best described as “tropical fruit,” with conduct that is bawdy, hilarious, perverse, and occasionally charitable.

Follow the curious seventeen-year-old boy as he gets drawn into relationships with the close-knit group of unconventional people and secures passage into the “fruity” society. Live with him through the extraordinary events that rob him of his innocence and fashion his manhood and destiny.

Wanda Steele is the author of Tropical Fruit. This, her only novel, is not only warm and touching, but also unlike any coming-of-age story yet.

Tropical Fruit is available in softcover (ISBN 978-1-62137-710-8) and eBook (ISBN 978-1-62137-711-5) from,, and This book can also be ordered from most bookstores around the United States and United Kingdom. For more information on the author or the book, please go to







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