FinalistJulie L. Kessler, author of Fifty-Fifty: The Clarity of Hindsight, is among the finalists in The Authors’ Show‘s ’50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ competition.

Her book offers a warm, moving, and at times tearfully funny account of how Kessler grew up as the child of a single mother in Hawaii, 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. It also offers some solid, considered advice on navigating the waters of mid-life.

Congratulations, Julie!