Mitchell Sayer, a buttoned-down gay attorney at a prestigious Chicago law firm, discovers he has a long-lost twin. But his well-ordered life comes apart at the seams when the separated siblings finally meet, and Mitchell discovers his brother Donald is better known as Kitten Kaboodle, star of the city's most infamous drag revue. Plunged into a chaotic world where he's forced to confront his own fluid masculinity, Mitchell learns that appearances aren't just deceiving - they're even more disturbingly revealing. Building to a riotous climax in which identities blur and destinies go bust, all to the accompaniment of a cabaret pianist, Drag Queen is a rip-snorting romp through wigs and wardrobes, wit and wantonness.
"A plateful of giddy meringue from the undisputed doyen of the effervescent gay novel of manners." - Kirkus
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What would you do if you discovered a) your mother decides, after burying her third husband, to enter a Buddhist nunnery, b) but she's not your real mother after all since you're adopted and c) you had an identical twin, you successful Guppie mainstreamer you? You're barely out to yourself, still less the world, even though you've told people you're gay...you act like the OCD-ridden killjoy you are! And your twin? A macho jock, a father-of-five Ozzie clone, a fellow Guppie?A drag queen.Horrors!And that's just the first thirty pages. The book follows the formula: Hero screws up his life, makes everyone around him wretched, finds the right man and drives him away, finds redemption by embracing all he rejected before, and all beds are filled with the right parties of the second part. But that isn't a bad thing, because the outcome might not be in doubt but the scenery gettin' there's mighty nice. Just like a really good date.
Meet Mitchell Sayer, successful lawyer at a prestigious Chicago law firm, who is openly gay. He's also, anal retentive with a routine for everything. Enter his eccentric mother, Bettina Varney, who drops unannounced with a bomb: not only is she joining a cult, but Mitchell has a twin brother. He was adopted and his twin is somewhere out there. Mitchell hires an PI and finds his brother--this long lost, separated sibling--but he is hard to take. Whereas his Illinois driver license reads Donald Sweet, he is better known in Chicago's gay world as Kitten Kaboodle, the gloriously gowned, fabulous stiletto-heeled star of the Tam Ram Club all girl revue. After recovering from the shock of meeting his twin brother, Mitchell takes on as his mission to haul Donald out of the pom-poms and into the real world. However, Kitten thinks it is Mitchell who needs superego surgery, and she's just the girl to do it. When the dust clears, it's the feather boa versus the button down collar, fought out against a chaotic commingling of identities, genders, and wardrobes. The book is a light easy read, full of camp and gay stereotypes nevertheless it is a lot of fun.