I grabbed this one out of the pile of books I have waiting to be reviewed. The name caught my attention so I decided to give it a go. I thought is was going to be boring and drag but I’m about half way through it. Give me a few days and I’ll let you know what I thought.
Baby Daddy is the story of seventeen-year-old Deshawn Margray, who is named in a paternity suit after a thoughtless sexual encounter at a party. He is desperate to conceal his plight from his mother, a single parent with a meager income. Mother and son are already haunted by memories of a neighborhood youth who took his own life in a desperate attempt to escape the legal system’s relentless pursuit. Determined to protect his mother from being re-exposed to the nightmare that has left its pall over the community, Deshawn is torn between fleeing and facing the legal process alone. He tries to navigate his way through a hostile system, but every attempt to learn anything about his baby daughter is thwarted and he quickly finds himself labeled a “deadbeat dad”. A brutish child support collection agency succeeds in driving him to his breaking point. A physical confrontation with an insufferable case worker ensues, and the altercation leads to an unexpected discovery that indelibly reshape Deshawn’s life.
S. Newman Spenzer is married, and has two adult children: a daughter who is an Education Interventionist working with autistic children, and a son who is a student at Miami University of Ohio.
Spenzer has worked as a child support Magistrate in a county court system in Ohio since 2002. Prior to that, she spent 13 years as an Assistant County Prosecuting Attorney, and two years as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society representing the interests of the indigent population.
She has a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa. This is her first novel.
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