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First published in 1974, The Front Runner raced to international acclaim - the first novel about gay love to become popular in the 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 front runner 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.
©1974 Patricia Nell Warren (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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By Donald on 03-06-12

A Surprisingly Great Love Story

This is a great love story and the reason I say surprisingly is because of the time frame in which the book was written. Patricia Nell Warren's tale of Harlan and Billy is sweet and tantalizing and most certainly relatable. I will admit that some of the terminology used, such as 'The Gay' made me laugh a bit, but keeping in mind that this book was originally written in 1974, it is fairly accurate to the times, although I do not believe I have ever called myself 'A Gay'. :-) The narration by Christian Rummel is fantastic and certainly adds to the intensity of the story. The book allows the reader to embrace the best, suffer in the tragedy, and long for a better tomorrow. A must read!

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By christine on 07-05-12

Great listen, tear jerking romance

This was a great listen which I could not put down;
even cried along the way.
Narrator did a good job
well worth a credit

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Daniel Cairns on 03-24-16

BRILLIANT and enlightening!!!

fantastic story reminding me how good I have it these days. reader was excellent, kudos!

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By Trish on 09-22-13

A wonderful Gay Love Story

It was a little slow to get going, however, it drew me in so that I didn't want to stop listening.
A very moving and at times tearful listen of a wonderful sensitive guy relationship. Good ending as well. Thoroughly recommend this book

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