We had a wonderful start to our relationship with the New Haven Free Public Library last night with the first installment of the Get Lit in New Haven discussion series. A curious group gathered in the Ives Think Tank Center to discuss the role New Haven plays in Alice Mattison’s The Wedding of the Two-Headed Woman, identifying several local sites that play prominently in the novel.
Much of Tuesday’s discussion turned on how a sense of place can deepen the literature or vice versa. For example, one of the mapped locations is the bench in College Woods Park where Daisy, Mattison’s heroine, sits contemplating a major life decision. Williams said the novel is rich in symbolism and that bench sits at a bend in the Mill River, a riverine crossroads reflecting Daisy’s moment of having to choose between two directions.
The next discussion will be held July 29 at the library and will focus on Mattison’s novel and the cold case murder of Marie Valenti that is based on the real-life killing of Penny Serra in 1970s New Haven. Email the library’s Community Engagement Manager Ashley Sklar at asklar [at] nhfpl.org for more information.
Hope to see you there!