Slam the Gavel

William J. McGee is the author of the novel HALF THE CHILD

October 01, 2020 William J. McGee Season 1 Episode 5
Slam the Gavel
William J. McGee is the author of the novel HALF THE CHILD
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Guest William J. McGee, author of HALF THE CHILD, discusses many aspects of writing a novel.  McGee's book was a semi-finalist in both the James Jones First Novel Competition and the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, and was an Honorable Mention in the New England Book Competition.  The novel takes place over four consecutive summers in the lives of Michael Mullen and his son Ben, who ages from 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 years. It chronicles the separation, divorce, custody battle, and abduction that threaten to tear apart a father and son. Mike, a 34-year old air traffic controller at New York City's LaGuardia Airport, who is also pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology finds himself going through a divorce.  Through these four summers, the legal stakes keep dramatically increasing, as mediation devolves into litigation, culminating in Ben's abduction as his mother attempts to resettle outside of the US. Mike steadfastly refuses to consider a life that consists of him living apart from Ben.  Ultimately father and son will write their own love story.


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