Join us as we celebrate the release of Charlotte Matthews’s memoir, Comes with Furniture and People. This event will be free and open to the public.
Charlotte Matthews’s memoir, Comes with Furniture and People, tells the story of a daughter desperate to reach a mother trapped in depression. Four years after the mother dies of leukemia, The Washington Post runs a front-page story of her house cordoned off because it was a bomb testing site during World War One. And here the daughter’s gnawing suspicion is confirmed. The memoir also chronicles that daughter’s experience—in her thirties—with stage three breast cancer, mastectomy, and single motherhood. Set in Washington DC, Comes with Furniture and People describes sleepovers with Amy Carter, waiting for Gorbachev to drive by in a motorcade, and the glorious peal of the National Cathedral bells floating over her neighborhood.
Charlotte Matthews is author of three full-length poetry collections. Her honors include fellowships from the Chautauqua Institute, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is an associate professor in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Virginia. She lives in Crozet.
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