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The Front Runner
The Front Runner
Author: Patricia Nell Warren
Billy Sive is the Front Runner in this riveting breakthrough novel of homosexual love in the sports world; a bestseller that has won coast-to-coast acclaim as a love story as moving as any ever written... The first honest popular novel about homosexual love.
ISBN: 26799
Pages: 314

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Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This classic novel captures the fierce beauty and pain of a dedicated runner's dreams- and the prejudices that threaten a powerful homosexual love.

Harlan Brown had two passions in his life: running and Billy Sive. And he was convinced he could never have both. An outstanding track coach, he knew from the first moment he saw Billy that this lean, graceful front runner could be an Olympic competitor and the love of his life. Suspicions had forced Harlan's resignation from Penn State; an affiar with a student could finish his career. But macho, hard-driving Harlan couldn't keep running from his feelings...or from the desire in a beautiful young athlete's touch...
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"The most celebrated gay love story ever - 20th anniversary edition.
Introduction: "...and like countless other gay men groping in the dark for the pull cord which might bring light into the closet, I read her novel about true love between a gay track coach and his Olympic-bound runner with awed fascination. And I wept. Nor for the tragedy witch befell these gay literary icons, but for the ideals and principles they represented. Ideals which to this day are denied to gay men and women by our society---an by ourselves." Tyler St. Mark, Wildcat Press.

With ten million copies in 8 languages, THE FRONT RUNNER is the most celebrated gay love story of all time When they fall in love, they will enter a race against hate and prejudice that takes them to the '76 Olympics and a shocking, shattering conclusion.

I think this is a truly stupendous book. I've always felt that homosexuality was inborn and not a sin. If anyone wants to truly see for themselves how homosexual love is just as powerful and loving as heterosexual love, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down.
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This was a great book. I started skimming through it because of the first person narrative, then stopped and started all over again. By the time I was finished reading it I was crying. It's hard to believe it's been out as long and I never heard about it until a friend recommended reading it.
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great story about love and the struggle to find it in the gay community. Exciting, emotional, and tragic.