Late Bloomer: Finding My Authentic Self at Midlife

Late Bloomer: Finding My Authentic Self at Midlife

by Melissa Giberson
Late Bloomer: Finding My Authentic Self at Midlife

Late Bloomer: Finding My Authentic Self at Midlife

by Melissa Giberson


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Melissa Giberson is a middle-aged suburban wife and mother of two kids, solidly planted in the life she’s always wanted. Yet she longs for something more—something she can’t quite put her finger on until, one day at the Y, she finds herself mesmerized by the sight of a naked woman and asks herself for the first time: Am I gay?

This revelation sends Melissa on a head-spinning journey of self-discovery, one that challenges everything she thinks she knows about herself, forces her to decide exactly how much she’s willing to risk for authenticity, and shakes the foundations of the family she’s fiercely determined to shield from the kinds of wounds she sustained during her own childhood. Torn between her desire to be true to herself and her desire to protect her children, she is consumed by fear and conflicting emotions—and when her husband unexpectedly serves her divorce papers, her confusion only deepens.

Adrift in uncharted waters, Melissa finds fragments of understanding and peace in unexpected places—in a conference room in Israel, a small fishing village in Cape Cod, and at a yoga retreat center—that help her deconstruct her preconceptions about faith and identity and begin to construct a new framework for her life. Over the course of her ten-year journey, she finds hope, love, and more courage than she ever knew she was capable of, and she gradually assembles the puzzle that is her—the real her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647425197
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/08/2023
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Melissa is a native New Yorker who identifies as a late bloomer, a highly sensitive introvert, and a proud mama bear to two children. An occupational therapist and writer, she has published articles in Kveller and Dorothy Parker’s Ashes; she also received an Honorable Mention in the Memoirs/Personal Essay category of the 91st Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Her essay “Art Is the Antidote” appears in the anthology Art In The Time Of Unbearable Crisis (June 2022). Melissa is living her authentic life with her partner and their two cats; together, they split their time between New Jersey and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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