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Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers stands above much of the crowd in its commitment to ask, 'What is it to remember?' Mathias B. Freese, tenderly plaiting a web that spreads from Woodstock, Las Vegas, Long Island, and North Carolina, locates friends and family, lovers long since gone, desire and passion sometimes quenched sometimes unrequited, and the harrowing agony that ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 15th 2016 by Wheatmark
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers was a book I went into a bit blind. I was curious to see how the author was going to deal with these really difficult and heavy themes of heart break and regret, and when it comes to reflecting on memories. It was going to be an interesting memoir which more so focused on one main character and dealt with the main conflicts that happened to them in their life. Therefore, I think I could only recommend this to character driven readers and not plot based ones. But ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, american
Tesserae are small pieces that make up a mosaic. I found Tesserae to be an insightful experience of the process of examining one’s life and inner being. This takes a lot of self awareness. Readers who are introspective and enjoy thinking may appreciate Mr. Freese’s musings. Some of his short chapters repeat bits of his life, so this book seems to be a series of meandering short stories. Freese focuses on the meaning of two summers he spent at Woodstock during the late 60s. This is not about the ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
In 2015 I reviewed I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust. Mathias B. Freese's latest title, the memoir Tesserae: A Memoir of Two Summers, discloses the memories since the author's birth in 1940 up to 2015 with a focus on 2 life-changing summers in Woodstock. 1968 and 1969 were pivotal in entering adulthood. As retired psychotherapist Freese uses both a therapist, himself, his son and a wife as alternating protagonists in this novel. "What I knew of my limited world was hand fed to me in ...more
Jessica Bronder
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tesserae follows the author from his birth in 1940 to 2015 and around two pivotal years in Woodstock (the town not the party). Matt recounts different events in his life but circles round to how Woodstock made him feel and drew him back from time to time.

I like how this story is put together. It feels just like you are talking to someone as they recount their life. Matt has several stories that circle through different parts of his life. Matt doesn’t feel that he has accomplish much in his life
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The collection is part-memoir part-adventure-novel. By using his experiences on those two summers in particular, and interspersing the narrative with the past of the past and the future of the past, Freese has created a marvellous book. The thing that will stay with me, is how very intimate the book is. It is a deep-dive into the author’s innermost fears, dreams, insecurities. He talks of his first love, his wife, a failed marriage, and his intense but brief relationship with his daughter. He ta ...more
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