Comes with Furniture and People
by Charlotte Matthews
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Pub Date 05 Dec 2019 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2020
Comes with Furniture and People tells the story of a daughter desperate to reach a mother trapped in depression. What’s more, the daughter intuits the mother has an incurable disease, one the mother hides even from herself, as she spends her days reading Greek dramas and studying the etymologies of words. 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, D.C., 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.
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A short read, it tends to drag at times. It's about a mother and daughter and how she dealt with her mother's leukemia. 4 years after s her death, she discovers her mother's childhood home was a bomb site during WW1. Then it moves into her having breast cancer and raising her children as a single mom. A good little memoir.
This is more a series of short musings on many things. To the backdrop of a daughter struggling to make sense of her withdrawn mother, her mother's death and her own experiences of motherhood and breast cancer. I found it interesting and well written, and easy to read in short chunks.