One of Bev’s boyfriends, who she dated when J.D. was thirteen. Matt was a firefighter and a genuinely kind person. J.D. refers to him as his “favorite of all of [Bev’s] men,” and notes that he still keeps in touch with him. Unfortunately, Bev abruptly left Matt when she decided to marry Ken, a man she’d just met.
The timeline below shows where the character Matt appears in Hillbilly Elegy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.