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The Beauty Queen by Patricia Nell Warren
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The Beauty Queen (1978)

by Patricia Nell Warren

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Ripped from the headlines, a born-again former beauty queen turned politico decides to use an anti-gay platform to promote her run for governor. She expects her very wealthy father to support her campaign financially, but he's dubious. He's also in the closet, sneaking off for nooners with his long-time lover. The characterizations here are really loaded. Dad is a real estate developer, but not a nasty Trump-type. Oh, no. Rather than tear down beautiful buildings, he renovates and repurposes them. Daughter is not only virulently homophobic, she is also a pill-popping, mentally unstable mother who physically abuses her kids.
  lilithcat | Jun 10, 2009 |
Warren's novel following the success of The Front Runner. Beauty Queen falls short of the previous work's stength. It is neither compelling nor beautifully crafted. ( )
  AlexTheHunn | Mar 2, 2006 |
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Ex-beauty queen Jeannie Colter is a born-again politician who hates homosexuals, and wants to crush them. William Laird is her devoted father - a wealthy financier who has kept a secret all his life. He is gay. When his fervent daughter runs for Governor of New York, and he has the money to get her elected, Bill Laird is trapped between family and fanaticism. A riveting chronicle of politics, religion and gay rights in the 70's.

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