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Matthew Vaber racks up an obscenely large phone bill by compulsively dialing for dates on the "Pump Line," a gay phone-sex service with which he's become increasingly disenchanted. Unfortunately for Matthew, this activity fails to free him from coming to terms with his overbearing mother and the dysfunctional family dynamic that resulted in his father's recent suicide.
What brings this potentially maudlin plot to vivid life is Matthew himself -- antic, urbane, crafty, and as dedicated to perversely undermining his own happiness as he is to needling his mother about the past. As he sets out to make sense of his father's death, Matthew is forced to relive his childhood, and with his mother's reluctant assistance, his search for truth helps Matthew appreciate his father in a whole new way. And somehow, in the midst of the emotional whirlwind his hunt kicks up, Matthew begins to break down the psychological wall that has kept him from intimacy and tethered him to the Pump Line. Newly awakened to the possibility of real connections and commitments in his own life, he is finally prepared to step, albeit gingerly, into what looks like true love. Both laugh-out-loud funny and wise, Father's Day is a fiction debut that once begun, is impossible to put down. (Fall 2004 Selection)