Donorboy

By Brendan Halpin
(Villard, Paperback, 9781400062775, 224pp.)

Publication Date: August 10, 2004

Shop Local
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.

Go


Description

Rosalind had two mommies. Now, thanks to a tragic accident involving foodstuffs, she has none. And Sean, the sperm donor responsible for half her DNA (and nothing else), is taking custody. Rosalind finds herself adjusting to a new life that seems both hateful and surreal–she’s an orphan with a new father, surrounded by friends she is beginning to despise and well-meaning adults who succeed only in annoying her.
Sean made a donation fifteen years ago, and his life since has not gone according to plan. Thirty-five, single, and still grieving the loss of his own mother twenty-seven years ago, he decides to take on the overwhelming task of caring for an unhappy teenager he doesn’t know.

Told entirely through e-mail, instant messaging, journal entries, and other random communications, Donorboy is the comic, compellingly readable novel of how these two people learn to converse, cook, write heavy-metal songs, and nail windows shut on their way to becoming a family. Brendan Halpin has written a universal story of how we laugh, cry, and occasionally punch our way to a new life in the face of tragedy.




Praise For Donorboy

Donorboy is a lively and exhilarating novel that reminds us that comedy and tragedy aren't opposites at all; by laying them side by side, Brendan Halpin adds weight to his funny moments and lightness to his sad ones. A touching and utterly engaging book."
-Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel

"Brendan Halpin's great gift as a writer is to hold his reader's heart in two worlds simultaneously-- one achingly funny, the other heartbreakingly sad. I read Donorboy in one sitting, my heart simultaneously cracked open and healed. What a beautiful, elegiac, laugh-out-loud book. In Donorboy, Halpin has redefined the epistolary novel."
-Alison McGhee, author of Shadow Baby and Was It Beautiful?

Indie Bookstore Finder

Indie Bestsellers

Lucky Us
Amy Bloom
Random House
Good Poems, American Places
Garrison Keillor
Penguin Books
The Paleo Kitchen
Juli Bauer; George Bryant
Victory Belt Publishing
The Great Glass Sea
Josh Weil
Grove Press

Make Your Own Wishlist








Update Profile