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Sociologist Offers a Fresh Take on the Battle of the Sexes

San Francisco, CA, March 18, 2010 --( “The battle of the sexes is over,” according to Maria Shriver in a Forbes Woman article (by Heidi Brown, October 16, 2009). Does anyone really believe that?

Kelso Books announces a new novel by sociologist Margaret Davis that tackles the subject in a unique way. Set in San Francisco in the 1980s when it was rare for lesbians and gays to become biological parents, Straight Down the Middle tells the tale of Diane and Cindy who want a baby and have asked their neighbor Sam to father the child. But after the baby boy is born, Diane finds herself in the middle of a heated tug-of-war between a strong-willed Sam who wants to maintain contact with his son, and an equally uncompromising Cindy, who wants him gone. Diane’s attempts to keep the peace lead to lies, intrigues and cover-ups galore—until finally, she is forced by circumstances to “get out of the middle” and search out her own needs and desires.

Author and screenwriter Frank Baldwin calls the book “A smart, modern comedy with a deep heart.”

Straight Down the Middle is available at in paperback and as a Kindle download. It is also available at bookstores via Baker and Taylor and listed with Abebooks and Alibris. For more information or to request an interview, contact Ron Martin at The media and other readers may also visit the author at

Straight Down the Middle by Margaret Davis; Fiction; soft cover; $15.99

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