The Meaning of Matthew

The Meaning of Matthew

My Son's Murder in Laramie, and A World Transformed

Paperback - 2010
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" The Meaning of Matthew is Judy Shepard's passionate and courageous attempt to understand what no mother should have to understand, which is why her son was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, in the fall of 1998. It is a vivid testimony to a life cut short, and testimony too, to the bravery and compassion of Judy and Dennis--Matthew's parents--as they struggle to survive a grief that won't go away."--Larry McMurty, author of Terms of Endearment and Lonesome Dove

Today the name Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard's son. In this remarkably candid memoir, Judy Shepard shares the story behind the headlines. Interweaving memories of Matthew and her family with the challenges of confronting her son's death, Judy describes how she handled the crippling loss of her child in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son's name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers.

The Meaning of Matthew is more than a retelling of horrific injustice that brought the reality of inequality and homophobia into the American consciousness. It is an unforgettable and inspiring account of how one ordinary woman turned an unthinkable tragedy into a vital message for the world.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Plume, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780452296381
Characteristics: xiii, 273 pages ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barrett, Jon - Author


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Mar 21, 2012

Everyone should read this book. It tells the consequences of hate crimes. Someone innocent has to die. A lot of people can relate to this story. Excellent

Apr 09, 2010

An excellent book looking into a horrendous act. Being told by Matthew's mother makes the story almost unbearably sad, and shows us that Matthew was more than just the now infamous victim of a gay bashing.

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