Oct 10, 2012

Review: The Paternity Test



Having a baby to save a marriage—it’s the oldest of clich├ęs. But what if the marriage at risk is a gay one, and having a baby involves a surrogate mother?

Pat Faunce is a faltering romantic, a former poetry major who now writes textbooks. A decade into his relationship with Stu, an airline pilot from a fraught Jewish family, he fears he’s losing Stu to other men—and losing himself in their “no rules” arrangement. Yearning for a baby and a deeper commitment, he pressures Stu to move from Manhattan to Cape Cod, to the cottage where Pat spent boyhood summers.

As they struggle to adjust to their new life, they enlist a surrogate: Debora, a charismatic Brazilian immigrant, married to Danny, an American carpenter. Gradually, Pat and Debora bond, drawn together by the logistics of getting pregnant and away from their spouses. Pat gets caught between loyalties—to Stu and his family, to Debora, to his own potent desires—and wonders: is he fit to be a father?

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THE PATERNITY TEST is a no holds barred look at a long term gay relationship who is attempting to add a child by using a surrogate mother.  Told from Pat's point of view we learn about the stress and tensions that both he and Stu undergo as they are waiting to hear that they are about to be a father.

I really enjoyed the book as it gave me an inside view of a different type of loving committed relationship.  While a lot of the dynamics are the same a lot are not.  And I am not just talking about them being gay, the reader is also shown the pressure that is applied within Jewish families to carry on the line to both the male and female children.  

I do recommend THE PATERNITY TEST as it really takes the reader through the ups and downs of relationships when trying to have a baby.  I rate this a 4.3.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own


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