Arthur Gourounlian,Brian Dowling-Gourounlian

Brian and Arthur's Modern Family

When Brian Dowling and Arthur Gourounlian announced they were expecting their first child, with Brian's sister Aoife acting as their surrogate, it felt like their family dream was finally coming true. Their daughter, Blake, was born in September 2022, but their happily-ever-after has not been without its troubles.
Now Brian and Arthur detail their crazy journeys and the sliding-doors moments that brought them together to create a family of their own. Following Arthur's journey to escape war-torn Armenia and Brian's path to self-acceptance after being catapulted into the spotlight as a young gay man in the early noughties, and the sudden death of his mother, this is a story of the pain that life can sometimes bring, but ultimately it is a story about love in all its many magical forms.
From births to marriages to deaths, and everything in between, this heartfelt memoir brings Arthur and Brian's positive and inspiring attitude to the page.
204 printed pages
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Gill Books
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  • zainalha903has quotedlast month
    Writing this book, the two of us have explored our individual pasts as well as our life together and let us just say, it has been an emotional rollercoaster. Looking back on the night we first met – two young gay men in their twenties living in London and having the craic – we never could have imagined we’d now be living in Ireland and raising our amazing daughter together.

    But all of that didn’t come without a fight – a fight to discover who we are as individuals; who we could become as partners; the struggle to be taken seriously in our careers; the rigmarole we’d have to go through just to get married and to later have the child we so desperately wanted. We even had to fight at times for survival.
  • Anea Gashihas quotedlast month
    We were never blessed again

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  • Anea Gashihas quotedlast month
    She didn’t purposely hide her pregnancies,
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