Falling Man
Falling Man: A Novel
Falling Man
Don DeLillo
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.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 estranged 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.

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Genre: 

  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Falling Man by Don DeLillo is a horrific, yet brilliant novel about the moments, days, and years after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Readers dive into the lives of a group of New Yorkers: Keith, who worked in the north tower and survived the attack, his wife, Lianne, unable to free herself from such haunting memories, and their son, Justin, who searches the skies for Bill Lawton, the man who said he will attack again. Readers also branch out into the lives of others in close proximity to the family, and we see how September 11 permeated through all of us.

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