The Front Runner (Harlan's Story, #1) Read Online Free - First published in 1974, The Front Runner raced to international acclaim - the first novel about gay love to become popular with mainstream.
n 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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September 04, 2017
So there are actually two movies I could watch if I am sick and bed-ridden: as a child: "Peter Pan" (dedicated to the sick children of post W.W.II London, as I recollect); as an adult: "Brokeback Mountain."
I was not an instant fan of the film until I saw it on DVD. It is the ultimate Lifetime mov...
September 18, 2017
De esas lecturas que se necesitan para cambiar el mundo. Los héroes son gente anónima.
April 26, 2012
I enjoyed reading this book - it wasn't the best written story, but it depicted an honest and candid story involving two men in love when the gay liberation movement was just picking up steam. It was written by a woman, which I find intriguing, and involves a relationship between a college track...
July 24, 2016
I love it soo sooo much! It goes directly to myfavorite shelf.
Review later, I hope I'll be able to write a proper review one week later.
(I really have a lot of thoughts about it, but it is impossible for me to type a review on my smartphone at the hotel lobby- it is the only place with a free int...
August 27, 2009
Sigh. What to say about this book? I do understand that it was brave and sensational and groundbreaking. I do understand that it changed the lives of many people who read it. I do understand that it was a product of its time and that times are different now. I do understand how it helped lay the...
February 21, 2013
I was simply gripped by this book. I have lived through the horrors of apartheid and know of the horrors of slavery and the slave trade in the United States. This book describes the discrimination and brutality suffered by gay people from the 1930s to the 1970s and in many ways it is like aparthe...
March 23, 2014
THIS was beautiful.
(view spoiler)[It was also soul-crushingly sad but totally worth the read. (hide spoiler)]
April 22, 2012
A smarter man than I might have noticed the word "Tragic" on the back cover of this book. That's all I'll say about how it was that I ended up blubbering in the midst of the Atlanta airport last week on my way to New Orleans.
This book was phenomenal. That it has just had its 20th anniversary make...
May 12, 2011
This is a classic m/m romance, written back when that was a far more rare and risky thing. It is a wonderful book, and has lost nothing in the decades since it was written. The 1970's setting is a vivid backdrop, the main characters are wonderful and complex, and the ending still makes me cry aft...
May 26, 2007
Wow, things have certainly come a long way since 1974.
Now, they actually publish gay novels that are good, instead of schmaltzy claptrap like this.