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Suzette Mullen, The Only Way Through Is Out

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Thu, 02/29/2024 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Join us in the Readings Gallery as Suzette Mullen shares her incredible memoir, both a coming-out & coming-of-age story!


Suzette Mullen had been raised to play it safe—and she hated causing others pain. With college and law degrees, a kind and successful husband, two thriving adult sons, and an ocean-view vacation home, she lived a life many people would envy. But beneath the happy facade was a woman who watched her friends walk boldly through their lives and wondered what was holding her back from doing the same.

Digging into her past, Suzette uncovered a deeply buried truth: she'd been in love with her best friend—a woman—for nearly two decades—and still was. Leaning into these "unspeakable" feelings would put Suzette's identity, relationships, and life of privilege at risk—but taking this leap might be her only chance to feel fully alive. As Suzette opened herself up to new possibilities, an unexpected visit to a new city helped her discover who she was meant to be.

Introspective, bittersweet, and empowering, The Only Way Through Is Out is both a coming-out and coming-of-age story, as well as a call to action for every human who is longing to live authentically but is afraid of the cost.

"A memoir of discovering one's sexuality and finding the courage to act, the book has a strong positive message for the many people who come out later in life—the late bloomers, as they are known in the queer community. Such stories are important, and this one is told well and fun to read."

—Lori Soderlind, author of The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife
Crisis Tour

"An affecting coming-into-consciousness narrative that burrows into the urgencies of queer awakening and carries its reader through the agonies and ecstasies of living one's truth. Suzette Mullen masterfully conjures the battling inner voices that prolong the reconciliation of her Christian beliefs with the urgings of her body and heart. A touching, visceral story that celebrates giving into queer joy, no matter how long it takes."

—Alden Jones, author of The Wanting Was a Wilderness

Suzette Mullen is the founder of Your Story Finder nonfiction book coaching and a founding board member of the Lancaster (PA) LGBTQ+ Coalition. Her "tiny love story," the seed which became this book, was published in the New York Times "Modern Love" column. Find Suzette on Instagram @urstoryfinder and on Facebook.

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ISBN: 9780299345501
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - February 13th, 2024