When twenty-six year old George Mullen is kicked out by his lover, Robert, he moves into the terminally disordered apartment of Nina Borowski, and embarks on the most complicated friendship of his life. At first their relationship is as easy as their cosy television suppers and ballroom dancing classes, with Nina mulling over her psychology dissertation and George teaching kindergarten. Then Nina announces she's pregnant by her boyfriend, Howard. Howard wants marriage. Nina wants independence. And George will do almost anything for a little unqualified affection. But he s not so sure about his new role as surrogate unwed father
Stephen McCauley is the author of Alternatives to Sex, The Man of the House, The Easy Way Out and True Enough, all available from Granta Books. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.