Straight Down the Middle

Straight Down the Middle – Margaret R. Davis’s first novel

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Straight Down the Middle had me laughing out loud. Protagonist Diane wants a baby. Diane’s journey to pregnancy and motherhood includes Cindy, her partner of five years, and Sam, the unlikely candidate who wants to father her child. Told with poignancy and humor, this is a contemporary tale of a woman’s hopes, sacrifices, and triumphs. Brava!” Teresa LeYung Ryan, writing-career-coach and author of Love Made of Heart

Straight Down the Middle is a fresh take on the battle of the sexes. A smart, modern comedy with a deep heart.” Frank Baldwin, author of Jake and Mimi and Balling the Jack

Story Synopsis

The setting is San Francisco in the mid 1980’s, at a time when the gay revolution was at its height. It is a humorous, romantic, sometimes spicy story with a serious underlying theme.

Diane is very much in love with Cindy, her partner of five years. Cindy is an up-and-coming career woman while Diane longs to be a mother. The women have a plan—to pay their intelligent and sensitive neighbor Roland to father a child for Diane. To their dismay, Roland passes their request on to his rough-hewn house-mate Sam, a man Diane finds repugnant. But Sam’s impressive “résumé” convinces the women he must have good genes; furthermore, he promises he will go away once the baby arrives. So Diane relents.

All goes well until after baby Charlie is born. Diane’s life becomes a tug-of-war between a strong-willed Sam who now wants to maintain contact with his son and an equally strong-willed Cindy who insists he keep to his earlier promise to get out of their lives. Diane loves Cindy but finds her baby son adores his father, so she does her best to balance their competing demands. Sadly, her efforts only lead to lies, intrigues and misunderstandings. Finally, a frustrated Cindy leaves her, and, on turning to Sam for support, she finds him reluctant to give up his bachelor lifestyle to take care of her baby and herself. Now, Diane is forced to get “out of the middle” and decide who she really is and what she really wants.