A Harvest of Ripe Figs is the third book in Shira Glassman’s Mango-verse series, and continues to follow the adventures of Queen Shulamit and her extended family, with the new addition of an adorable new Princess along for the ride. Though it’s the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel as well. This one centers around a mystery in Queen Shulamit’s capital city, a series of thefts including a rare and valuable violin. Along the way you meet several ordinary citizens, including musicians, street-boys, and ordinary craftsmen. It is a merging of the fantasy and mystery genres full of positive queer portrayals of people of color. In A Harvest of Ripe Figs, nearly everyone is some shade of black or brown (there are only two white characters), and Jewish. Many of the main characters fall under the LGBT+ umbrella-leaf, including Queen Shulamit and her partner Aviva. The book is positive, cute, and fun to read. If you like lesbian queens, trans youth, cross-dressing guards, and light-hearted mysteries then you’ll enjoy this book.
Warnings: Some reference to offscreen transphobia, some discussion of cultural misogyny, a side-character is depicted in a manipulative relationship, and some consensual loving onscreen (but not explicit) sex.
Review by Junior Assistant Kestral Ward | Originally posted on Vitality’s tumblr page