Don Snyder knew nothing about his mother aside from the terrible fact that she died at the age of nineteen, just sixteen days after giving birth to him and his twin brother. All his life Don had been too shy, too deeply pained to ask his father or grandparents to tell him the story of the lovely girl named Peggy Snyder–what delighted or troubled her, who her friends were, how she fell in love, what cut short her brief life.
But then, nearing his fiftieth birthday and compelled by his father’s failing health, Snyder embarked on a quest to find his mother. He traveled many times from his home in Maine down to his mother’s small Pennsylvania town to trace her childhood and adolescence. He tracked down Peggy’s high school friends, spent time with her teachers, probed the memories of the girls–now elderly women– who had been her bridesmaids. Detail by detail, Don pieced together the harrowing story of Peggy’s final year–her passionate love affair with her husband, the unexpected pregnancy, the sudden illness that consumed her, and the impossible choice she was forced to make.
A heartbreaking, overwhelmingly beautiful book, Of Time and Memory is a story of remembering–and reclaiming–the fragile mystery of a beloved life.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Don J. Snyder’s Walking with Jack.