Reading, Q&A and Reception with “Mommy Man” Jerry Mahoney
"It'd be impressive enough if Jerry Mahoney had just written a smart, sweet, touching book about building a family, but somehow, he's also written one that's hilariously funny at the same time. Mommy Man belongs on the same shelf with Dan Savage and David Sedaris, unless you're one of those weirdos who sort your books alphabetically." —Tim Carvell, head writer, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
As a teenager growing up in the 1980s, all Jerry Mahoney wanted was a nice, normal sham marriage, 2.5 kids and a frustrated, dissatisfied wife living in denial of her husband's sexuality. It seemed much more attainable than coming out of the closet and making peace with the fact that he'd never have a family at all.
Twenty years later, Jerry is living with his long-term boyfriend, Drew, and they're ready to take the plunge into parenthood. Their search leads them to gestational surrogacy, a road less traveled where they'll be borrowing a stranger's ladyparts for nine months.
Thus begins Jerry and Drew's hilarious and unexpected journey to daddyhood.
With honesty, emotion, and laugh-out-loud humor, Mahoney ponders what it means to become a Mommy Man…and discovers that the answer is as varied and beautiful as the concept of family itself.