Ellen is forty-eight years old, a little on the chubby side, and has just been left by her husband of twenty-five years for his younger (and blonder) girlfriend of six months; a girlfriend Ellen didn't know about and who doesn't know the new man in her life is still married.
Meet Ellen's Kids: Stephanie, the oldest, is trying to find a balance between offering support to her mother and striking out on her own; DJ (Doug Jr.) is a college student whose grades are slipping in part due to his being too fond of alcohol, and who spends his spare time lusting after his dad's girlfriend; Matt and Melanie are fifteen-year-old twins--Matt spends most of his time keeping his head down and going with the flow as best he can, while Melanie dreams of getting their parents back together and starts sneaking around with an older boy.
Doug is a jerk, but jerks have feelings too.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll probably want to beat the heck out of Doug. Set in the fictional small town of Troy Falls, Wisconsin, Bridging The Gaps features a cast of warm and humorous supporting characters and follows Ellen through the mire of divorce, the rekindling of old friendships, and the realization that "that which does not kill us" is life.
Congratulations, Kate! May there be many more relases to follow.