The short fiction of Deborah Carol Gang has been published in Literarymama Bluestem Journal and The Driftless Review. Her poetry has appeared in J Journal/CUNY, New Verse News, The Michigan Poet, Literarymama, Arsenic Lobster, and The Liberal Media Made Me Do It. Her research as a clinical psychologist has been published in Education and Treatment of Children. Originally from Washington, D.C., she moved to St. Paul to attend Macalester College and then to graduate school in Kalamazoo, Michigan (Western Michigan University), where she remained for her work as a psychotherapist and because of her love of the Great Lake one hour to the West. Still living in Kalamazoo, she has a Midwestern accent and now writes full-time.
The Half-Life of Everything, realistic in every detail except for one speculative twist, places a once happily married man in the unwelcome situation of loving two women. David, who has never been unfaithful, is prepared to make the expected sacrifice. Two strong-willed women intervene and everyone finds themselves making unexpected choices. Deborah Carol Gang’s. debut novel skillfully poses today’s questions: Can any marriage withstand the transformation of one partner into a lost and helpless child? When does a marriage end? What ultimately does one spouse owe the other? This lyrical and slightly off-kilter story refines those questions, ultimately finding answers in the often unexplored but fertile ground of friendship.
A fifty-something, happily married man loses his wife to illness. She’s alive but she’s gone. He finally starts to wonder: What’s a married widower supposed to do? Happiness enters his life again–but with complications. Major complications.