Julie L. Kessler has moved from finalist to the status of winner in the contest sponsored and created by The Author Show. Ms. Kessler was chosen as a result of a public voting process. Her work, entitled Fifty-Fifty, The Clarity of Hindsight offers a warm, moving and at times tearfully funny account of growing up in Hawaii and California as the child of a single mother, acquired a love for travel at a very early age, and struck out on her own after her mother’s death when Julie was 21, largely alone in the world. The book follows her through her exploration of family ties in Israel and Europe (including those with her elusive father), her discovery of the language, food, and magic of France, reflects on her time living in Japan, her encounters with Hill Tribe women in the mountainous countryside of Vietnam – and her chance encounter with the son of a conman whose path she’d unwittingly crossed before.
The winners were announced on The Author Show website on December 5, 2013.