The Tenth Month Author:Laura Z. Hobson Now, in her newest novel, "The Tenth Month", Mrs. Hobson deals with another kind of prejudice - one far more subtle, emotional and pervasive - the prejudice that society is guilty of when it forces a single rigid code of morality on all human beings. — The Tenth Month is the story of an illegitimate pregnancy, but not among the "swinging young." ... more » It is the story of Theodora Gray, a woman who has been told she can never have children, but now - after ten years of divorce and at the amiable end of one of her infrequent affairs - suddenly discovers that she is pregnant.
Dori Gray is not bothered by feelings of shame or self-reproach. She is delighted, and determined to have her baby. But another kind of dilemma poses itself: even before she is certain she is actually pregnant, Dori falls in love with Matthew Poole, a lawyer who is married and the devoted father of two children. Should she tell him she is pregnant by another man? If she tells him, how will he take it? Will Dori become another "problem case," or will Matthew's own strength and humanity prevail and let him respect the rightness of her decision to have her child?
The story takes place in New York, and the year is 1968 - a year filled with riots, violence and assassination. Against this backdrop of destruction and death, there is Dori's pregnancy and the baby's birth, "the systole and diastole forever."« less