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Featured Author: Gigi Levangie Grazer
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743291999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743291996
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's War of the Roses fought by The Real Housewives of New York in this hilarious if overlong morality tale of young love, old fools and happy endings. After 25 years of marriage—most of it squandered on unspoken disappointment, stifled grief and wasted affection—ex-ballerina Cynthia Power and real estate tycoon hubby Jackson are headed for divorce. At the same time, Jackson's latest condo project is teetering and Carolyn's ballet board is in turmoil. Though lesbian daughter Vivienne counsels Cynthia to think three moves ahead, Jackson, torn between his ambitious and reckless lover and imperious father, is staying in the game by sheer grit. In the end, these volatile emotional wrecks learn to rely on their hearts. Grazer (The Starter Wife) has Hollywood cred and brings a rollicking romantic-comedy tempo to her story of busting up and moving on, even if the cast is strictly celluloid: lovely to look at and unlike anyone walking this planet. (June)
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"A sly, observant report from a rarefied world that's sure to be another big hit." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Hilarious... Grazer (The Starter Wife) has Hollywood cred and brings a rollicking romantic-comedy tempo to her story of busting up and moving on." -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of three prior novels: Rescue Me (2000), Maneater (2003), and The Starter Wife (2006). The Starter Wife was adapted for an Emmy Award-winning USA Network miniseries starring Debra Messing, and later for a television series; Maneater was adapted for a Lifetime miniseries starring Sarah Chalke in May 2009. In addition, Gigi wrote the screenplay for Stepmom, starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Gigi's articles have appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Glamour. She lives in L.A. with her two children and three miniature dachshunds.

Customer Reviews

Recommended as a good beach read.
Heather A. Teysko
It makes me wonder if Grazer hadn't bitten off more than she could chew or if the book was just becoming too long and needed a quick ending.
Chicago Book Addict
To begin with, the characters (and there are WAY too many of them) are so shallow.
JJ Stark

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heather A. Teysko VINE VOICE on August 23, 2009
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Queen Takes King is a lovely "coming into your own" story about a woman who's had enough of fitting into a mold, and decides to finally step out on her own and divorce her philandering husband. It's also about the husband, who's narcissistic and in love with a national news anchor. And that news anchor, who wants more than to be a bauble on his arm. And the daughter of the philanderer and his wife, who's not sure what to do given her life of privilege.

It's a very fast read, very clever, and I liked that I could root for each of the characters. Even the philandering husband had some redeeming qualities.

Recommended as a good beach read. Nothing serious, nothing heavy - just a good story about people taking charge of their lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 24, 2009
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The characters and circumstances in Gigi Levangie Grazer's latest book QUEEN TAKES KING", could have been taken directly from the pages of your favorite supermarket tabloid.......or perhaps The New York Post's PAGE SIX.

Jackson "Jacks" Power wants a divorce from Cynthia, his wife of 25 years, in order to marry Lara, a potential "trophy wife". Jacks, being Jacks, doesn't want to face the possibility of losing his tri-plex at 740 Park Avenue in the divorce so he devises a plan to ensure he retains possession of the family homestead. Cynthia, it seems, has a few plans of her own.

Jacks persona is easily recognizable. He is part Donald Trump, part Tony Robbins and part Muhammad Ali in his youth (I am the greatest). Where "The Donalds" combover has been the subject of many a snarky remark, Jacks hair also seems to be a topic for discussion as illustrated by Jacks father who states, "You know that hair of yours looks ridiculous".

It appears that Ms. Grazer has drawn on the invaluable resources contained in the idiosyncrasies and foibles of individuals in her inner circle and has created a cast of characters whose antics are hilarious. You will love Cynthia's shrink, Goldie with his Zorba the Greek philosophy of life and her New York Ballet Theater BFF, Margot, she of the salty language. The are just two of the colorful characters who dance through the pages of this amusing tale.

With the help and encouragement of their lesbian daughter Vivi, Cynthia transforms herself and shows Jacks that she too is a "Power to be reckoned with". (pun intended). From the title Ms. Grazer gave her book it is obvious that she sees divorce as a chess game played out on the big board of life. I, however, saw it more as a game of Monopoly that attempts to answer the age old question, "Can you really be happy and fulfilled without owning Boardwalk and Park Place"??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zee on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Okay so I first started listening to this book at work (I work in Finance administration, I need entertainment hence I listen to a lot of audiobooks). The tone of the book, the plot was so interesting that I then bought the ebook, so I can read it at home. Man was I disappointed.

I think this book had a lot going for it but to me it just fell flat. Not because of the writing or the charecters but beacause there was no real climatic moment. You could't be mad at the scorned wife because it wasn't as if she was a super posh witch that deserved to get cheated on, you couldn't be angry the mistress because her story was explained as well and it made her more human. Its not like she was trying to be a golddigging home wreaker, nor was she portrayed that way. Even the adultrous husband had his misguided virtues although he was a lot easier to dislike than the previous two charecters. And all this was boxed into a sweet little happy ending moment for eveyone.

The thing is when I'm reading Chicklit, I like a bit of the cattiness, the "you're gonna get it ahole!" along with the romance storylines. There was no clear enemy in this and I hated that. In the end NO ONE got their comeuppence. Not even Jack Power, he still had a happy ending. I mean my ideal story would have been for him to see the error of his ways, try to get Catherine back, fail, but then keep trying, suffering along the way, until he has proven to her that he's a changed man and then they go live happily ever after again. Either that or he loses everything and Catherine is with her new beau. You know, classic Chicklit.

I really liked the first 3 quaters of this book but the ending just spoiled it for me. Not EVERYONE should have a happy ending when its about a story of the end of 25 year marriage. I need retribution!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Kay VINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
My review is of the audio CD narrated by Phil Gigante and Tanya Eby; I have not read the printed book.

Part of the reason I chose this book is that I expected the plot to be light and not too involved. I wanted to listen while doing something else and not be distracted by too much plot. Basically I was not looking for serious literature and I was not disappointed.

The best part of the narration was that the publishers decided to use two different narrators, male and female. Even the best narrators don't do very well with voices for characters of the opposite gender and it made the book a much more enjoyable listening experience than if one narrator had tried to do all the characters. Both narrators did a good job; I felt they captured the essence of the characters.

The plot is light and amusing. The divorce fight never gets particularly nasty and the reader (or listener) never gets the feeling that either party is particularly invested in the marriage. Even the cheated on wife never feels hurt and betrayed enough for you to hate the husband and his girlfriend. It seems more of a game between the characters than real emotional content. For my purposes, it was just what I wanted. If you want some entertaining fluff based in the high income bracket world of New York, this may fit the bill. If you want something deeper, you may not be as satisfied with this book as I was.
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