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MICHAEL LOWENTHAL

The Paternity Test

  • Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press
  • September 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-299-29004-7 (paperback)
  • ISBN 978-0-299-29000-9 (hardcover)
  • ISBN 978-0-299-29003-0 (e-book)

(From the publisher)

Pat Faunce yearns for more than his carefree New York life as a writer and his open relationship with Stu, an airline pilot. Above all, he wants to be a father. He persuades a reluctant Stu to move to Cape Cod, where they enlist Debora, a charismatic Brazilian immigrant, as a surrogate mother. But the men’s attempt to have a child creates new emotional complications—with Stu’s parents and sister, with Debora and her husband, and with each other. Building to a harrowing conclusion, this fearless, darkly funny novel asks whether making a new family is worth risking the one you have.