The Mandell JCC Book Festival

The Mandell JCC Book Festival
Sunday, Apr 2, 2023 at 3:00pm
Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Avenue
$18.00 - $36.00

Sushi Tuesdays: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Resilience

Author Charlotte Maya in conversation with Jodie Sadowsky

After taking her sons on a hike with the family dog, Charlotte returned home to find a policewoman, a policeman, and a priest in her driveway—there to deliver the news of her husband’s suicide. Charlotte knew her husband had been stressed about work, but she had no idea he was suicidal. She thought he had stayed home to take a nap.

As a young widow, Charlotte cried, cursed, meditated, medicated, downward-dogged, and ran as a way to make sense of her husband’s suicide. Her story offers intimate moments, powerful lessons, as well as practical ways through which not only suicide survivors but any of us experiencing loss can move forward to live lives of joy and purpose.

Charlotte Maya writes about suicide loss, resilience, and hope on her blog, Her work has been highlighted in Hippocampus Magazine and on The Mighty, and she has been featured on the A2A Alliance and the Your Next Chapter podcast with Angela Raspass. Charlotte lives in Southern California with her family.


$18 donation to support JFS Crisis Prevention Services.

$36 includes a copy of the book and donation to JFS Crisis Prevention Services. Books can be picked up at the  membership desk of the JCC prior to the event.

Light refreshments and sushi will be provided.