The Family Way

The Family Way
(April 2021 / US: fall 2021)

Véhicule Press/ Esplanade Books

The year Paul turns forty, his friends Wendy and Eve ask him to help them get pregnant. Nothing about the process feels natural to him. But for a gay man of a certain age, making a family still means finding your own way through a world with few ready answers. The eighteen-month journey reveals many insights about Paul’s past and present, from his strained relationship to his father, his overprotective relationship with his partner Michael, and the many friends around him whom he considers his family.

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The Family Way is a love letter to families, chosen and otherwise, and an engagingly bittersweet tale of the city of Montreal.

Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Fall on Your Knees and Adult Onset

“Christopher DiRaddo has a knack for creating characters so instantly recognizable, they could be your neighbours, friends, or family.”

Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection and My Ex-Life

“Tender, affectionate and sexy, The Family Way is an astute chronicle of modern queer life at middle age. With sharp-eyed observations on love, loss, sex and friendship, Christopher DiRaddo has crafted a timely tale about creating families that can fit us all.”

— Rachel Giese, author of Boys: What it Means to Become a Man

“A dynamic and rich exploration of queer family, parenthood, and the deep bonds of love that sustain us.”

— Trevor Corkum, 49th Shelf