He Gets That From Me: A Novel

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September 1, 2020

A young Jew­ish woman serves as a sur­ro­gate moth­er only to find out, ten years lat­er, that she gave away her own bio­log­i­cal child.

Mag­gie Fish­er’s job as a cashier does­nt afford her much finan­cial flex­i­bil­i­ty. She dreams of going to col­lege and becom­ing a teacher, options she squan­dered when she fled her fam­i­ly home as a teenag­er. When Mag­gie sees an ad offer­ing thou­sands of dol­lars to women who are will­ing to ges­tate oth­er peo­ple’s babies, she finds the con­cept laugh­able. Before long, how­ev­er, she’s seduced by all the ways the mon­ey could improve her life. It’s only a mat­ter of months before she’s cho­sen as a ges­ta­tion­al car­ri­er by Chip and Dono­van Rigs­dale, a mar­ried cou­ple from New York.

After deliv­er­ing twins and hand­ing them off to the Rigs­dales, Mag­gie gets her life on a pos­i­tive tra­jec­to­ry: earn­ing her degree, land­ing a great job, and build­ing a fam­i­ly of her own. She can’t fath­om why, ten years after the fact, the fer­til­i­ty clin­ic is call­ing to ask for a fol­low-up DNA test.

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