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The Front Runner - Patricia Nell Warren
The Front Runner
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First published in 1974, The Front Runner raced to international acclaim - the first novel about gay love to become popular with mainstream. In 1975, coach Harlan Brown is hiding from his past at an obscure New York college, after he was fired from Penn State University on suspicion of being gay.... show more
First published in 1974, The Front Runner raced to international acclaim - the first novel about gay love to become popular with mainstream. In 1975, coach Harlan Brown is hiding from his past at an obscure New York college, after he was fired from Penn State University on suspicion of being gay. A tough, lonely ex-Marine of 39, Harlan has never allowed himself to love another man. Then Billy Sive, a brilliant young runner, shows up on his doorstep. He and his two comrades, Vince Matti and Jacques LaFont, were just thrown off a major team for admitting they are gay. Harlan knows that, with proper training, Billy could go to the '76 Olympics in Montreal. He agrees to coach the three boys under strict conditions that thwart Billy's growing attraction for his mature but compelling mentor. The lean, graceful frontrunner with gold-rim glasses sees directly into Harlan's heart. Billy's gentle and open acceptance of his sexuality makes Harlan afraid to confront either the pain of his past, or the challenges which lay in wait if their intimacy is exposed. But when Coach Brown finds himself falling in love with his most gifted athlete, he must combat his true feelings for Billy or risk the outrage of the entire sports world - and their only chance at Olympic gold.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780964109964 (0964109964)
Publisher: Wildcat Press
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Series: Harlan's Story (#1)
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Nancy
Nancy rated it
5.0 The Front Runner
I loved this beautiful and heartbreaking love story when I read it in my 20's. It is now time for a re-read to see if this book lives up to my fond memories.
Lorix
Lorix rated it
I read this book on the recommendation of my brother, he says it is his favourite book and I can see why. The first thing I would say is don't read this if you want an easy read - though beautifully written, nothing about this book is easy. It is however heartbreaking.This book reads so like an actu...
Cayendi
Cayendi rated it
Absolutely Brilliantand sad...It gripped me from the first page, and I just couldn't stop reading
Lillya
Lillya rated it
3.0 The Front Runner: A Novel
I’ve wanted to read this book since I first heard about it a year or so ago. Actually, I got really close once, found it at the library, but returned it without opening it. Last week, after reading two depressing books in a row, I decided to finally find this book and just start. I thought the story...
La Mala *the mean girl*
La Mala *the mean girl* rated it
5.0 The Front Runner
Creo que si me encontrara a Patricia Nell Warren por la calle (cosa que dudo , je ) iría corriendo a abrazarla y le gritaría TE AMOOOO en la cara (asi tipo Guido Suller TEAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO) . O al menos la agarraria por los hombros y le lloraría : AMO A HARLAN , LO AMO , LO AMOOOO , LE JURO QUE LO A...
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