Paternity Test

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University of Wisconsin Press
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds
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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.
"A searingly honest portrait of love under fire, a fearless exploration of what it means to be an adult, a couple, a family. It is a story for our time."--Jennifer Haigh, author of Faith
"So many different relationships are put to the test in Michael Lowenthal's thought-provoking novel--not only the bond at the heart of the book between two gay men and the Brazilian woman acting as their surrogate mother, but also the bond between husbands and wives, between siblings, between aging parents and their adult children. The Paternity Test is a complex, emotionally satisfying, and thoroughly engaging story."--Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers and Little Children
"A good, old-fashioned page-turner and a sophisticated look at the mysteries of long-term love and the convoluted reasons for wanting a child. Lowenthal writes with intelligence and passion and made me care a great deal about the fates of his flawed, fascinating characters."--Stephen McCauley, author of Insignificant Others
"Michael Lowenthal's new novel deftly and wisely explores the various ways families are formed, altered, and destroyed by charting the vagaries and exigencies of two marriages. I loved the complicated, compelling characters all of whom come vividly alive in the beautifully evoked Cape Cod setting. The Paternity Test is a riveting and wonderful book."--Peter Cameron, author of Coral Glynn and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

"The Paternity Test is an exuberant book--a feat, considering how thoroughly Michael Lowenthal ransacks the human condition for its enduring weaknesses and inevitable disappointments. Yet he manages this with such warmth and wit, bringing to his disparate, often clashing band of characters so much compassionate intelligence, that in the end we can't help rooting for each one to find happiness--even as we come away with a clearer perception of how rightly varied their different versions of happiness may be."--Leah Hager Cohen, author of The Grief of Others
"A page-turner thanks to its realistic characters and a situation that might hit close to home for some."--Advocate
"Works up to . . . a can't-look-away ending that will leave readers feeling both shaken and pensive."--Gay and Lesbian Review