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Author William J, McGee appeared at a book signing of his new novel, Half A Child, at Vaughn College. The novel is about how a LaGuardia air traffic controller stresses out – due to spousal child abduction – in the new novel of fatherly love by a former LaGuardia and JFK dispatcher and author of the 2012 non-fiction industry exposé Attention All Passengers.

The novel focuses on the painful and rarely explored issue of “parental alienation” -- when one parent in a custody battle attempts to turn a child against the other parent. The novel explores custody, child abduction, and parental alienation — from a devoted dad’s perspective

HALF THE CHILD tackles the rarely explored and volatile issues of child abduction and parental alienation—when one parent attempts to turn a child against the other parent. The story unfolds over four consecutive summers in the lives of Michael Mullen, a LaGuardia Airport air traffic controller, and his son Benjamin, who ages from 2½ to 5½. The novel chronicles the separation, divorce, custody battle—and heart-wrenching abduction—that threaten to tear apart father and son. Through it all, Mike steadfastly refuses to consider a life where he’d live apart from Ben. Ultimately, father and son write their own love story.

Tens of millions of fathers and mothers—and their children—are victims of parental alienation, which can take a variety of painful forms. Awareness of this issue of “family bond obstruction” has been raised recently in courtrooms, through celebrity break-ups, and by documentary filmmakers.

William J. McGee, author of HALF THE CHILD, received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and has taught undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing at Hofstra University. An award-winning nonfiction writer as well, McGee is the author of Attention All Passengers (HarperCollins, 2012), an exposé of the airline industry. He’s following that up with AirFear, a scripted television drama now in development. McGee has worked in airline flight operations management at LaGuardia Airport and served in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. He is a native of Queens, where most of the novel is set. McGee now lives in Connecticut, where he is working on another novel.

He is also a devoted father.

Updated 9:14 am, August 1, 2018
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