THE LATE BLOOMER is the story of Fanny Goldstein, a fifty-year-old virgin who doesn't want to die wondering what she has missed. Although this novel cartoons modern values and its superficial pleasures, it is far more than a funny story. Society would call Fanny and her friends misfits, but their love for each other lends them great dignity.
The story opens the day of the San Francisco earthquake in 1989. Fanny is a librarian, dominated by her demanding, unsympathetic mother. She is short, plump and socially backward. Yet, she is so generous and caring that everyone who knows her loves her. After the earthquake, Fanny returns home from the library to find her mother dead and herself a millionaire. Her mother willed Fanny all her assets including her dog, William and her lover, Hymie. We follow Fanny through a year with her two legacies and see the unexpected ways she learns that being a fulfilled human being does not involve dropping her pants as much as it demands that she open her heart.