Minerva's Owl: The Bereavement Phase of My Marriage

Carol Matthews - Bio and Media
pb / 2017-12 / Non-Fiction /
978-0-88982-325-9 / 160pp / $17.95

In Minerva’s Owl, Carol Matthews reflects on Hegel’s observation that the owl of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, spreads its wings only at twilight. Understanding comes late in life and, as Hegel suggests, the past cannot be rejuvenated, only known. For Matthews, the knowing is helpful. Part grief memoir, part love story, this account an exploration of how bereavement after a long-term marriage can be experienced as part of an ongoing relationship.

"Carol Matthews' Minerva's Owl is an eloquent and emotionally engaging account of her early years as a widow – seeking (and finding) 'tiny points of light within a huge surround of darkness and shadow.' Her calm voice offers the reader her most intimate, wise, and thoughtful company."~Jack Hodgins, author of Spit Delaney's Island, Broken Ground, and others

"Carol Matthews has done the remarkable. Of the numerous books that have been written about loss, Matthews has given us an original, startling and deeply thought-provoking work. There is an intimacy to her writing that invites the reader in almost as an eavesdropper. What we hear are our own thoughts and questions. What we are left with is a sense of peace – the kind that comes with the knowledge that, even in the darkest places, we are not alone." ~Eve Joseph, author of In the Slender Margin