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The Blind Seasonby Ronald L. Donaghe
In The Blind Season, the sequel to the best-selling novel Common Sons, Joel and his husband, Tom, decide to start a family. Knowing that two gay men will never be able to adopt, Joel and Tom decide to find a surrogate mother to carry their child. What they find is a lot more than they bargained for.
Sharon Minninger, a beautiful and determined runaway from a Mennonite community near Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico, offers to carry their child. Her influence has more impact on their lives than the couple could ever have imagined.
Joel and Tom discover that the backlash of their decision to be fathers is much worse than expected. They are unprepared for the venomous reaction from some of the less open-minded citizens of the small southwestern New Mexico town. Luckily, the two men have powerful allies in the battle over their child.
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I loved this book.
In the middle 1980s, author Ronald Donaghe envisioned a four book series which he called Common Threads in the Life. The initial book, Common Sons, was published in 1989 and found a cult audience, particularly among youth, both gay and lesbian, who were struggling with their own coming out issues. Then it took well over a decade to bring the sequel to fruition. The Blind Season is that long-awaited sequel and is the continued story of Joel Reece and Tom Allen, two young men from Common, New Mexico. The sequel picks up in 1970, four years after Common Sons left off. The two boys are now young men who live together, work on Joel¿s parents¿ farm, and consider themselves married. Though the townspeople continue to be suspicious, prejudiced, and unsupporting, Tom and Joel are mostly happy¿but not entirely happy because they want children of their own. ####### The boys set out to find a young woman to carry their child, and they meet Sharon Minninger, who is a shunned Mennonite runaway living over the border in Mexico. Sharon has dreams of her own, including getting an education and making something of herself. She agrees to bear Tom and Joel¿s child in return for help to go to college. The circumstances of the baby¿s conception, Sharon¿s pregnancy, and the little girl who is subsequently born bring strong feelings out in the open from the townspeople and from Tom and Joel¿s families as well. The story of how they navigate all of this is suspenseful, dramatic, and touching. While many people are against Tom and Joel ¿ particularly the vicious, latent homosexual police officer in town ¿ they gradually find others like Margaret, the low-key lesbian from the local diner, who support and encourage them. In addition, there are some real surprises from members of their families. ####### This story evoked a tear or two along with a few chuckles. It¿s lively, entertaining, and a highly effective sequel to Common Sons. Mr. Donaghe is a talented writer who continues to put a realistic and reflective face on the gay young men about whom he writes. This is a book anyone from high school to age 100 could enjoy, and I highly recommend both this book and the series. ~Lori L. Lake, Midwest Book Review
This writer has the ability to make you feel like"I've been there." The only problem with his books is that I can't stop reading until it's done and then what do I do?
Ronald L. Donaghe continues his ¿Common Threads in the Life¿ series with a novel that excels both as a family drama and as an action drama. Five years after the events of the novel Common Sons, Donaghe¿s young lovers Tom and Joel decide to start a family. The struggles they face come from unexpected sources, keeping readers guessing at the next obstacles or solutions. Donaghe delivers what should become a classic of gay literature.