The Queen

The Queen

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552100110
  • 9780552100113

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This attempts to do for the Women's Movement what Jacqueline Susann did for Hollywood. Judith Harrison (nee Hershkowitz), ex-TV talk show hostess and rich man's plaything, now beautiful young feminist, is framed in a motel room on a charge of committing adultery with a black man (he, of course, isn't charged). This is to discredit the Movement in general and the Supreme Court ruling on abortion ("Judith's Crusade") in particular, which villain Oliver Starn believes is wrong for everybody except his own daughter. He is the kind of behind-the-scenes politico and newspaper tycoon generally found in southern movies vintage 1935, and is matched in ruthlessness only by Judith's hotshot lawyer, a combo of William Kunstler and F. Lee Bailey. Meanwhile Judith, conveniently freed from the past by her rabbi father's demise (he disowned her when she was seventeen) and the general crassness of her various hometown ex-lovers, gets into a relationship with the husband of Martha Hanaday, who was into Liberation back in the days Judith was still screwing around with everything that glittered. Etcetera etcetera. Although the writing is better than par for this sort of venture, the incessant dyke-baiting and reduction of females to their erogenous zones make this a rather nasty book. (Kirkus Reviews)show more