IN PERSON - Gabe Montesanti - BRACE FOR IMPACT

Start: 
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Brazos Bookstore--
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will be hosting Gabe Montesanti in person on Friday, November 18 at 6:30pm.

Face masks are required to attend the event.


Growing up queer in a conservative Midwestern town, Gabe Montesanti never felt comfortable in her own skin. A competitive swimmer, she turned to perfectionism and self-control to create a sense of safety, only to develop an eating disorder and constantly second-guess her instincts. When she enters graduate school in St. Louis, she is determined to put the baggage of her childhood behind her. With no prior experience, she joins Arch Rival, one of the top-ranked roller derby leagues in the world. Gabe instantly falls in love with the sport’s roughness, intensity, and open embrace of people who are literally and figuratively scarred. She soon finds community and a sense of belonging, reveling in the tattoos, glitter, and campiness. 

But when Gabe suffers a catastrophic injury, she can no longer ignore the parallels between the physicality of roller derby and the unresolved trauma of her upbringing. Rendered inactive, forced to be still, Gabe realizes she needs to heal her emotional wounds as much as her physical ones; she must confront her fear and self-diminishment in order to feel truly alive.

Told with unflinching honesty and a giant dose of wonder, Brace for Impact is a tender, inspiring memoir about the everyday heroism of pursuing a life less ordinary, and the deeply human need to be at peace with who you are.


Gabe Montesanti is the author of the queer, roller derby memoir BRACE FOR IMPACT, (The Dial Press, May 2022). She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Washington University in St. Louis and has had work published in Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Brevity, The Offing, and Boulevard Magazine. Her piece, "The Worldwide Roller Derby Convention" was recognized as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2020. She is currently at work on a book proposal about her journey performing drag. 

Brace for Impact: A Memoir By Gabe Montesanti Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593241370
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Dial Press - May 24th, 2022