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There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years.
Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people.
First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that he'd always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his es-tranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes.
These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history.
Brave and brilliant, Falling Man traces the way the events of September 11 have reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory and our perception of the world. It is cathartic, beautiful, heartbreaking.
From Publishers Weekly
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Hard to imagine
This book brings a bit of perspective to this who were not directly involved, but watched from the news on the TV when we walked into work at Chili's that morning; in Texas. Although it is fiction, The Falling Man gives another look into this act of war on American soil. The description of "The day of the planes" helps take it out of the "Nine Eleven" phraseology so readily adopted and spewed on the media nationwide. The psychology of the characters dealing with this change in their life is intriguing.