Your Father's Voice: Letters for Emmy About Life with Jeremy--and Without Him After 9/11

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On September 11, 2001, Jeremy Glick boarded United Flight 93 only because a fire at Newark Airport had prevented him from flying out the day before. That morning, he called his wife, Lyz, to tell her the plane had been hijacked and that he and a group of others were going to storm the cockpit, an effort that doomed Glick and his fellow passengers, yet doubtless saved lives on the ground and instantly became known worldwide as a heroic moment of resistance. But Lyz wanted the couple’s daughter, Emmy, only three ...

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Overview

On September 11, 2001, Jeremy Glick boarded United Flight 93 only because a fire at Newark Airport had prevented him from flying out the day before. That morning, he called his wife, Lyz, to tell her the plane had been hijacked and that he and a group of others were going to storm the cockpit, an effort that doomed Glick and his fellow passengers, yet doubtless saved lives on the ground and instantly became known worldwide as a heroic moment of resistance. But Lyz wanted the couple’s daughter, Emmy, only three months old when the plane crashed, to learn much more of her father’s story than just the ending.

Your Father’s Voice narrates Lyz’s struggle to come to grips with her husband’s death in a series of letters from Lyz to Emmy that give a wrenching but clear-eyed account of Lyz’s first years without Jeremy.

Through it all, Lyz pragmatically details the challenges of a single parent raising a daughter in the aftermath of horrific tragedy, and urges Emmy to listen for what Lyz can still hear when the wind is right: her father’s voice.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] poignant addition to the literary legacy of 9/11."—Kirkus

"Unflinching and emotionally powerful...beautiful."—Publishers Weekly“Frank, eloquent, a forthright story.”

—-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Lyz's voice is...the voice of your smartest, most honest, and fearless friend...heartbreaking.”

The Times of (Trenton)

“Eloquent and stirring.”

—-The Record

Publishers Weekly
This unflinching and emotionally powerful portrayal of Jeremy Glick's life and role as one of the passengers on United's flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pa., on 9/11, takes the form of a series of letters to the Glicks' daughter, who was three months old when Jeremy died. Out of her grief, Lyz has produced this beautiful book memorializing her husband, who became a media hero for his role in the probable attack on the hijackers. She relates their precious last words when he called from the plane and describes the ways Jeremy's unique background prepared him well for that day's terrible challenges. Jeremy was a huge and powerful man (a judo champion, too), and a tender, caring father who deeply loved his high school sweetheart and their tiny daughter. With this book, Lyz Glick gives their daughter (and readers) an honest look at the daily trials she continues to face: unwelcome media attention, repeated political tributes and group meetings with the coroner. Lyz's epistolary account will comfort others dealing with loss; by book's end, it's clear she's begun the daunting task of moving on, but never forgetting. Photos. (Sept.) Forecast: Glick's book is bound to receive media attention, as its publication date coincides with the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312319229
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,435,292
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyz Glick is the widow of Jeremy Glick, a former national collegiate judo champion who helped attack the cockpit of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. She teaches at Berkeley College in New Jersey, and she and Emmy live in Hewitt, New Jersey.

Dan Zegart, a longtime journalist who has written for Ms. and The Nation, is the author of Civil Warriors: The Legal Siege on the Tobacco Industry. He lives in Titusville, New Jersey, with his wife, photographer Laura Pedrick, and their daughter, Lana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    One of the most touching books ever written

    When I began reading this book, I knew immediately I was in for a great experience. I was emotional throughout reading most of this book. 'Your Father's Voice' is one of the most touching, heart-warming and heart-wrenching books I have ever read. I completed this 225-page book in one day...I simply could not put it down. I too lost my parents early in life, and wish there was something like this for me to read to get to know my parents the way Emmy will be able to know her father from this book. Highly recommended for all, but prepare to cry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    Wonderful !

    This book was wonderful. It was good to read how a victim of 9/11 is doing today. Mrs. Glick's book to her daughter is not just a keepsake, but she tells Emmy the truth of how she feels. Liz Glick didn't want to be in the public eye with her grief, she just wanted to wrap her life up in her new born daughter that she had to live for after losing her husband. Liz Glick tells all and doesn't hold any feelings back. She didn't want to be a hero, she just wanted her husband back. This book tells what many people didn't on 9/11. Thank you Liz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    Keeping the flame alive

    As much as this is a heart-breaking book, it's also a very inspiring and comforting one -- in that the ties that bind are again proved to be the very stuff of life. A lot of pain, disbelief, anger and finally the determination to honor, sustain and employ memory beyond lip service.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    Extraordinarily moving and candid

    This book really surprised me. I was prepared for a lot of cliches about healing and 9/11, but Lyz Glick has a very different take on her experience after losing her husband Jeremy, one of the heroes of Flight 93. Books like this almost always airbrush the wrinkles out of their characters - not Glick's. She let's us see Jeremy's faults, Lyz and Jeremy's stormy relationship before they got married, and the trouble she has with some of the hero worship that came with 9/11. Her book reads very quickly, and builds suspense by telling you a little of what happened after the tragedy alternating with Jeremy and Lyz's background, so she's telling two stories at once, which come together on 9/11. (And even though you know what's coming, it's still riveting.) Some of the most effective material concerns how her daughter, Emmy, has reacted to Jeremy's death (she was only 3 months old on 9/11). I dare you to read those sections without crying! All this, and Lyz has a great sense of humor. This is a very exciting and unusual memoir, and it will stay with you long after you finish it.

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