"The weekend after Thanksgiving, Chris Thayer finds himself packing up the last odds and ends of his quietly extraordinary life. After 22 years of gay marriage to Zack Ronan - and raising widowed Zack's three kids as his own - Chris is suddenly a member of the Second Wives Club. An ambitious young woman at Zack's ad agency is pregnant with Zack's child, and Zack has decided that Chris's utility as a sexual companion and surrogate mother to his children has run its course. What's a middle-aged gay divorce to do?" "Chris decides to take the venerable family dog and his ex-husband's guilt money to Salter Path on North Carolina's Outer Banks. As Christmas approaches, Chris begins to reconfigure his relationships with Trey, Andrea, and Schooner - Zack's kids, who have grown up calling Chris "Mom." Chris also makes his first tentative romantic connection post-Zack." "After a promising start, Chris's new life carries him over some very bumpy terrain. In this subtle exploration of the meaning of family, Jay Quinn offers a portrait of a man who rediscovers passion at an unexpected time in his life and learns to define himself through his steadfast love for the children he calls his own."--BOOK JACKET.