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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended - an attitude changer.

A unique way of re-examining the events following 9/11 through the eyes of a variety of people affected by this tragedy. Stereotypes do us a disservice - this novel reveals real people behind the labels.

posted by 374185 on October 8, 2011

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6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

2 FOR EFFORT, BUT EH!

Maybe I have just become a jaded New Yorker since the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, but honestly this sophomoric effort at writing "the novel" about 9/11 falls far short both as a story and as good writing. Whether or not Ms. Waldman was a writer for the NY Times...
Maybe I have just become a jaded New Yorker since the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, but honestly this sophomoric effort at writing "the novel" about 9/11 falls far short both as a story and as good writing. Whether or not Ms. Waldman was a writer for the NY Times is irrelevant, becuase this book just does not work as a whole. It is dull, the characters are flat, the story is less than timely given the wonderful result of the Memorial that we now have, and it fails to deeply convey the myriad feelings of those of us who lived through any aspect of the horrible day we must never forget. I am appalled that this was published, actually, given that the memorial described is far fetched, the circumstances ridiculous, and the characters shallow and often grating. Mabe this would pass in a writer'sworkshop, but as a novel it is less than what is needed for this event. Sad,as I looked forward to a book with some depth, and other than the final section...well, the rest is a waste of time, frankly. Pass it by, and don't honor this tripe if you truly want to honor the victims and our city.

posted by juliusa on September 15, 2011

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