Gittin' Through: A Southern Town During World War II

Author Talk

book coverPlease join us at the Georgetown Library on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. as local author Roy Matthews discusses his recent novel, Gittin' Through: A Southern Town During World War II. This historical fiction account chronicles events of the war and traces their impact on three generations of inhabitants of a small rural community in southeastern Virginia.

The parental generation, products of the Jazz Age and the Great Depression, adjust to wartime living and worry about their children. The youngest generation endures the traumas of adolescence while trying to understand what the war means to them. The middle generation anguish over their fate, leave Madison to serve their country or remain on the home front. All of their lives are set against the backdrop of place, traditions, class, race and wealth, as they carry the burdens of the past with them to prepare for the future. 

A reviewer from The Roanoke Times noted "the importance of the book for historians-professional and amateur alike is its presentation of America during a seminal period in our history.  We generally celebrate the military adventures of America's 'greatest generation.'  Matthews allows us to celebrate the adventures and sacrifices of small town America during the country's finest hour."

Mr. Matthews will read from his book and discuss why and how he wrote Gittin' Through.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Mr. Matthews grew up in Franklin, Virginia.  He is a retired Humanities professor from Michigan State and now lives in Glover Park.