Donorboy by Brendan Halpin
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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.

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BRENDAN HALPIN is the author of several books for adults, including "Donorboy," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Published August 10, 2004 by Villard. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A retired actress best known for her role in a popular TV sitcom, Eva had been artificially impregnated with the seed of her friend Sean Cassidy, a public-interest lawyer whose identity was kept secret from Rosalind until after the accident—when Sean (who’d never met Rosalind) was awarded custody.

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If this charming tale makes it to the big screen—and it should—it might easily star Hugh Grant in the role of Sean Cassidy, a public-interest lawyer and single guy approaching middle age who takes in the daughter he fathered years earlier via sperm donation.

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