by Michael Quadland

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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 Hank's problems, his transgendered boss at the Strand Bookstore is in love with him. “But I'm straight,” Hank protests. “And I'm 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, despite—or maybe because of—her 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 truth—of family, and our fervent need to belong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597095020
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Quadland grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College and received a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University and a PhD in psychology from New York University. In addition to his private psychotherapy practice, he taught human sexuality at Mt Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, supervised a sex information hotline in Manhattan and consulted with many organizations about AIDS prevention and the emotional-psychological aspects of the disease. He has published many articles in professional journals about AIDS and sexuality. The Los Angeles Times published his nonfiction article, A Red X, about the death of a friend. 

Quadland left AIDS work in 1995, reduced the size of his psychotherapy practice and restored an eighteenth century farmhouse in Connecticut, doing much of the work himself. He also turned to writing fiction. His first novel, That Was Then, published in 2007, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. He now divides his time between New York City and northwest Connecticut.

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