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Child

A Memoir

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.

About the Author

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.

Reviews

"Steeped in vivid, evocative memories of her 1940s and 50s childhood in a small southern town, Judy Goldman's moving memoir, Child, strives to re-inhabit and interpret the past."—Jill McCorkle, author of Hieroglyphics

"This moving memoir of a Black woman's importance in a southern white family reminds me that behind, under, and above the racial divide in the South, there ran other strong currents of abiding love and mutual protection. As Garcia Lorca wrote, "Beneath all the statistics there's a drop of duck's blood." These currents Judy Goldman excels at exploring without illusion and with full humanity. Her childhood was guided by a strong and loving woman whose influence has lasted a lifetime. What a brave and timely book."—Frances Mayes, New York Times best-selling 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, author of Wife Daughter Self: A Memoir in essays and We Are the Words: The Master Memoir Class

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