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Offspringby: Michael Quadland
Publication Date: March 2012
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On a wintry morning in 1974, Hank Preston makes a semen delivery to the New York Hospital Fertility Clinic. Running late, he takes the elevator rather than the stairway earmarked for such deliveries. A woman enters, the recipient of his semen, and a relationship develops that threatens to blow their already rocky lives to smithereens.
To add to Hanks problems, his transgendered boss at the Strand Bookstore is in love with him. But Im straight, Hank protests. And Im a woman, Joey insists.
The odd intermingling of these vibrant characters makes for an unforgettable story. Hank needs to come to terms with what happened to him in Vietnam. Karen, the would-be mother, needs to clarify the difference between fantasy and reality. Joey, the sanest of the three, despiteor maybe because ofher gender mix-up, shares her wisdom and tries, somewhat unsuccessfully, to hold them all on course. Secrets are revealed as a twisting plot erupts in a fiery conclusion.
Offspring is a story of longings, thwarted dreams, and the search for truthof family, and our fervent need to belong.
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