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Matthew Shaer

Matthew Shaer is a former staff writer at the Christian Science Monitor, and an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Bookforum, among other publications. He is writing a book about Brooklyn.

Author

Understanding Mathilda

Mathilda Savitch: A Novel, by Victor Lodato. FSG, $24 The tone of Mathilda Savitch announces itself from the start—the title reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s classic novel, the lilting pun on the word savage. The girl in question is young, [...]

Remembering Updike

February 3, 2009 | Profiles

Back in the 1980s, my parents bought their first home, in Georgetown, Massachusetts, from a writer named John Updike.