- Audio CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library ed. edition (1 June 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423327225
- ISBN-13: 978-1423327226
- Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 2.5 x 16.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 295 g
- Customer Reviews: 39 customer ratings
Queen Takes King Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 June 2008
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About the Author
Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of three prior novels: Rescue Me, Maneater, and The Starter Wife. 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 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.
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When Cynthia finds out that Jackson is having an affair with an on-air talent, the war of the Jacksons begins.
This book was a fun read, but fizzled out near the end. I enjoyed the name dropping (was that really about the Trumps?!!), the fashion, and seeing how the other 1% lives.
Let's put it this way... it's not a book I'd pass on to a friend. I did complete the book, it was a so-so read, for beach reading, or while watching sports (yep, that's me at the baseball game reading a book...).
and a lesbian daughter. Save your money and time.
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"??
The book is roughly formatted as a chess game, and, although the queens do rule, it is Jacks who holds your attention...as when he breaks in on a dinner party and strips to the skin, looking for attention. Then, as he's being bodily removed by a servant, he clutches a Jackson Pollock in his arms. There is a great deal that will make you smile as you read this perfect beach book, and some lines that will have you laughing out loud.
There are also some flashes of wisdom that will tug at you. How many busy men think that they can make it up to their kids later on? When you read about Jacks and his plan to cover 26 years of his daughter's life in 6 days, though you may be laughing like a loon, you will relate to the concept. How many women wind up back in bed with their ex, then wonder what they could possibly have been thinking? Well, Cynthia has that experience, and you will admire what she chooses to do about it.
I enjoyed this snappy book and expect that many women will enjoy it too. It isn't immortal prose, won't be taught in high schools for the next century, and may not wind up on your keeper shelf, but for an afternoon's enjoyment, it's right on target.
Jacks and Cynthia Power (appropriate last name! maybe a little TOO appropriate!) take jabs of revenge at each other in the same way that Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner did in "War of the Roses", although I have to admit I thought it was hilarious when Jacks Power landed himself a spot on YouTube for his self-induced striptease act at Cynthia's dinner party. Jacks Power's idea to have a bartender seduce his wife in an effort to get her to expedite the divorce procedings was a bit unbelievable to me, though. Why would an older woman be inclined, after 25 years of marriage, to follow young Adrian into a life of happily-ever-after so quickly after her divorce to Jacks? Do people really recover that quickly from a failed 25-year marriage? Methinks not, but perhaps I am wrong on this one.
Also, the name dropping and high-end fashion brands were completely lost on me. I only recognize what I see in the local Dillard's and, since Cynthia didn't visit a Dillard's throughout the entire duration of the novel, I had no clue what on earth some of these brands look like or cost. I can only assume they are expensive. This took something away from my enjoyment of this book, as I feel like I would have understood more if I had known more about these name brands. It was a private party to which I was not invited, but was also not arrested for trespassing as I peeked in the window from the outside. This is not an ideal situation to be in, but all things considered, I suppose it could have been worse. Still, though, why would an author write about things that only a sliver of the reading audience will understand? How many Manhattan socialites are going to read and understand these name brands? Some, maybe, but I think the majority won't.
All in all, this book didn't totally suck, but I would hesitate to pick up another book by this author and I have absolutely no intention of reading her first book either. I don't completely regret reading this book, but if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't have read it at all.