My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen

Who wouldn't be stunned clean out of their cheap Payless shoes if their fairy godmother appeared in drag, bearing a striking resemblance to Diana Ross? Chris Bellows is certainly caught off guard.

Chris, a 17-year-old living with his stepmother, stepsister and stepbrother after his father's death, is quietly and innocuously making his way through high school. His family, however, intends to regain the wealth and social status they lost in the recession. His stepmother's plan involves a very public courtship and marriage between her daughter and New York's most eligible bachelor, J.J. Kennerly. That plan is threatened, however, when J.J. falls for Chris.

David Clawson breaks the glass slipper with his hilarious, heartwarming debut, a modern retelling of Cinderella. The vibrant characters in My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen won't hesitate to steal readers' hearts even as they leave them laughing out loud. Chris's friend Duane, aka Coco Chanel Jones, radiates outrageousness--physically in his drag, but also through his intelligence, intuition, compassion, creativity and humor: "Baby, we've got to get you cleaned up and pretty. I'm going to be your fairy godmother, ya hear?... And when Coco says fairy, honey, she means fairy!" Clawson's dialogue is tack sharp, but be forewarned that it is not always wholesome.

The political element of the novel--the Kennerlys parallel the Kennedy clan--provides a strong conflict for Clawson's star-crossed lovers, putting their love in an all-too-real predicament and creating a perfect scenario to explore the theme of identity.

Ingeniously plotted with a spectacular cast, My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen is magical excellence. --Jen Forbus, freelancer

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