Published: May 5 2022
Size: 5.5 x 8
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 2 b&w photos
PAPERBACK: 978-1-64336-283-0
EBOOK: 978-1-64336-284-7

Memoir & Biography
African American Studies
South Carolina History & Culture
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A Memoir

Judy Goldman





A 2022 Katie Couric Media Must-Read New Book • A personal meditation on love in the shadow of white privilege and racism

In 1944, Mattie Culp, a 26-year-old African American woman, left her own young daughter, Minnie, in her family's care to work as a live-in maid and caregiver for a white couple and their three-year-old daughter, Judy, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In Child, Judy Goldman tells the story of her relationship with Mattie, reflecting on the deep love that grew up around the unconscionable scaffolding of segregation and racism.

Now 80, Goldman reflects on her privileged life as a white Jewish child in the Jim Crow south; the sacrifices Mattie endured to earn an income that would put Minnie through college; how a relationship can evolve in and out of step with a changing world; and the role these memories play in her life today. In Child, a soul-searching Goldman asks whether we can ever tell the whole truth, even to ourselves.

Judy Goldman is the award-winning author of seven books including Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap, named one of the best books of 2019 by Real Simple.

"Steeped in vivid, evocative memories of her southern childhood, Goldman's moving memoir "re-inhabits" and "interprets" the past: a white child growing up in a Black woman's care. It's a brave undertaking to explore the complexities of that time and place, but Goldman's wise, clear-eyed recognition of truth moves the memories into a new place."—Jill McCorkle, New York Times bestselling author of Hieroglyphics

"This moving memoir of a Black woman's importance in a white family reminds me that behind, under, and above the racial divide in the South, there ran strong currents of abiding love and mutual protection. These currents Judy Goldman excels at exploring without illusion and with full humanity. What a brave and timely book."—Frances Mayes, New York Times bestselling author of Under Magnolia and Under the Tuscan Sun

"With mesmerizing detail and remarkable acuity, with a storyteller's ear and a poet's precision, Judy Goldman conveys, in Child, the profound goodness that shaped her, the antinomies that haunt her, and the mysteries that exert themselves even within the gilded frame of love."—Beth Kephart, National Book Award finalist and author of Wife Daughter Self: A Memoir in Essays and We Are the Words: The Master Memoir Class

"Child is as profound a memoir as I've ever read. In one gorgeously rendered scene after another, Goldman illuminates the paradoxes of a loving childhood built on "unconscionable scaffolding." To read this riveting book is to learn how to hold the finest detail up to the light, how to examine all memory."—Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones

"Judy Goldman cuts through the mist of memory to find a deeper truth in her relationship with her family's longtime housekeeper, Mattie. It's a story about love, family, privilege and prejudice, seen through the eyes of innocence and the eyes of experience. What a stunning feat."—Tommy Tomlinson, author of The Elephant in the Room

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