Swimming Upstream, Slowly
By Melissa Clark
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780767925266, 240pp.)
Publication Date: September 12, 2006
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To her unbelieving ears comes the doctor's diagnosis: Sasha's body has unwittingly hosted a cellular hitchhiker, a medical anomaly known as "lazy sperm." And now that this plodding genetic contribution has finally fulfilled its destiny, it will be up to Sasha to summon the courage to revisit her past loves even as her future slowly takes shape inside her. Which of her exes will be the father and how will he take the astounding news? And what will the end of the mystery mean to Sasha? The answers are revealed in this wonderfully inventive debut about the bonds that linger between people even after they part ways, and how the future can change in the twitch of a tail.
MELISSA CLARK is the creator of the award-winning animated television series, Braceface. She received a master's degree from the writing program at UC Davis, and has written for shows on Fox, The Disney Channel, and The Cartoon Network. She lives in Los Angeles, California.