I am drawn to writing delayed coming-of-age stories, partially because I think that's the new norm (millennials can attest to that) and also because I relate. What's also interesting to me is that kids are transitioning into full adults later and later, as they explore the countless paths available. It's easy to get overwhelmed and paralyzed by too many choices and not know which way to turn. There's a moment for most of us in our twenties when we feel lost and upset and like we're not sure how to move forward. I can remember that feeling viscerally. I personally grew up in a family full of artists who all seemed to understand their passions from birth. I was less sure -- my path was less clear -- and figuring out what my life should look like was really fraught and difficult. There were many tearful nights.
I wanted to explore that experience and tell that story, one to which so many people can relate. It's the story of searching in the face of confusion. It's the story of finding that core identity.
But also, at every age, we are faced with both anticipated and unexpected changes (births, deaths, new relationships, divorces, job shifts, moves, emotional turmoil) and then inevitable growing pains. The question is whether we're ready to move forward or feel more comfortable retreating into the past. I've come to think of all those transitions as moments of coming-of-age -- again and again. So the book is really about that universal feeling of disorientation.
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