Charlotte Mayerson

Goin’ to the Chapel

Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Authors of The New Our Bodies, Ourselves:
"With compassion leavened with wit, with engaging intelligence, Mayerson explores how women's culture-laden expectations of marriage do and don't help them. Many women will find themselves in these pages, and women planning to marry will find both wise words and cautionary tales."

A smart, sensible work on an irresistible topic, the book is so engaging that we come to feel that the women whose lives we explore are our friends and we recognize our own lives in theirs.

For many girls, growing up means getting married. They may hope for Olympic triumph or a brilliant career or believe they’ll change the world, but, most often, their dreams are set in the frame of a happy marriage with a comfortable home, children by their side, a nebulous husband standing by.

What actually happens when these girls grow up? This is the first book to describe young women’s dreams and expectations and compare them to the reality of their later lives. Mayerson traveled across the country talking to women aged 26 to 69 from varied religious and ethnic backgrounds. In voices that are poignant and funny, these women spoke candidly about sex, children, career, money and the marital deals they made. Their stories, coupled with Mayerson’s thoughtful analysis, provide a unique insight into how women view their married lives.

Selected Works

Poems
The Death Cycle Machine
The poems are stark, without sentimentality or pathos, alive with anger, sorrow, terror and pity.
Non-Fiction
Goin’ to the Chapel
Vividly explores young women’s dreams and expectations of marriage and compares them to their later married lives.
Non-fiction
Two Blocks Apart.
The very different lives of two New York boys.
Fiction
Home Fires
This funny and moving tale of friendship between a black woman and a white woman of the 1950s and 60s has a lot to say about who we are now and how we got from there to here.
An Easy Life
A novel of an unlikely love affair.
Biography
Shadow and Light.
The life and career of the painter, Maurice Sterne

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