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The Collapsible Mannequin

The Collapsible Mannequin

by Charlotte Matthews
The Collapsible Mannequin

The Collapsible Mannequin

by Charlotte Matthews


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The Collapsible Mannequin tells the story of twelve-year-old Clarence Clark and his mother, Sarah, who goes to extreme measures to hide significant truths to protect him. Clarence questions the things we take for granted and takes for granted the things we question. Looking through his eyes, the world brightens and shifts.

Clarence brings voice to a humanness we seem to have forgotten. He is an astute observer, an ingenuous participant in his environment, but woefully misread by his peers because of his autism. In order to quell his loneliness, Clarence writes letters which he ties to balloons, letting them fly off with fate to faraway distances in search of a pen pal, which he finds in Peter, a father-like figure whom he eventually meets. The Collapsible Mannequin carries a suspense that is equally complex and life-affirming.

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ISBN-13: 9781684336074
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 12/10/2020
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Matthews' published works include a memoir, Comes with Furniture and People (Black Rose Writing) and three poetry collections. Her work has appeared in Rattle, The American Poetry Review and The Journal of American Medicine. Recipient of The Adele F. Robertson Award for Excellence in Teaching, she has received fellowships from The Chautauqua Institute, The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and The Klingenstein Foundation. She is Associate Professor at The University of Virginia.

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