QUEEN TAKES KING by Gigi Levangie Grazer [Review]


Though I watched both The Starter Wife and Maneater on TV, Queen Takes King was the first book by Gigi Levangie Grazer that I’ve actually read. It’s about Jackson and Cynthia Power, a New York power couple going through an acrimonious divorce. The story begins the day after their 25th wedding anniversary party when Cynthia opens the morning paper to see compromising photos of Jackson and a local news anchor. Jacks is a famous real estate tycoon (think Donald Trump) and a notorious womanizer, but the public humiliation of this particular affair is what puts Cynthia over the edge. Thus begins the scheming, fighting, and ensuing hijinks as they battle over their apartment, 740 Park Avenue. Also thrown into the mix is their twenty-five-year-old lesbian daughter Vivienne, who tries to help her mom find her independence.

Like I mentioned before, I haven’t read Grazer’s previous books so I can’t comment on how Queen Takes King measures up to them, but I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s a fun, light read that’s perfect for these late summer days when you just want to sit back and relax with a good book. The characters are all fairly shallow and not particularly likeable, but I think that’s the point – the rich and powerful aren’t grounded, nice people. But, despite this, I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the world of New York society. Jacks Power seems to be a Donald Trump clone – from his egocentric attitude to his catch phrase – and I’m wondering if any of the book was based on his high profile divorces. Grazer is a talented writer with a knack for coining terms like “wasband” or “gargoyles,” which is how Jackson Power describes “billionaires whose lifelong trench warfare had carved their faces to resemble stone goblins straight off the spires of Notre Dame.” All in all, I thought the book had a pretty good sense of humor. If you liked The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith or The Starter Wife, I think you’ll also like Queen Takes King.

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