The Paternity Test (Hardcover)

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“This novel is at once timely and classic. Readers won't be able to help rooting for Pat and Stu as they struggle to conceive a child through surrogacy and fight their family's -- and their own -- preconceived notions of what it means to be gay, all while trying to salvage their rocky relationship. Lowenthal's latest novel ultimately addresses the universal question: What makes a family a family? Deftly told and perfectly paced. Don't miss this one!”
— Alise Hamilton, Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA


Having a baby to save a marriage--it's the oldest of cliches. But what if the marriage at risk is a gay one, and having a baby involves a surrogate mother? In one of the first novels to explore the experience of gay men seeking a child through surrogacy, Lowenthal writes passionately about marriages, mistakes, loyalty, and betrayal in a provocative look at the new "family values."

About the Author

Michael Lowenthal is author of three previous novels: The Same Embrace, Avoidance, and Charity Girl, which was a New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice" title, a Washington Post "Top Fiction of 2007" selection, and a Book Sense Top Twenty Pick. He is a core faculty member in Lesley University's MFA program in creative writing. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299290009
ISBN-10: 029929000X
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: September 27th, 2012
Pages: 278
Language: English