Ruth Candler Lovett, great-granddaughter of the founder of The Coca-Cola Company, came to adulthood in a place of privilege in 1950s Atlanta. In 1964, at the age of 29, she died of breast cancer, leaving behind three small children.
Thirty years later, her youngest child sets out to discover the mother he never knew. In this moving portrait of a mother discovered, Charlie Lovett finds the words to fill the silence left by his mother’s death and takes the reader on an emotionally powerful journey that celebrates life—even in the face of death.
“Lovett takes us on a poignant, painful personal journey. Although the story is his alone to live and to write, we are oddly familiar with the stations we reach and the destinations where we stop. Lovett’s story in heavier hands could be maudlin, but with his light touch the memoir is tender and sensitive and true. Thankfully, the author takes meticulous care of his own steps and guides us kindly along the way.”
“Lovett’s poignant, powerful, moving memoir is an examination of love and loss so acute it has taken his life thus far to understand its impact. Elegant and eloquent, this book is at once a celebration and an elegy, a mystery and a revelation: love matters, and so does family.”