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American Widow by Alissa Torres
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After just finishing "Are You My Mother" by Alison Bechdel, probably anything would be a letdown. But "American Widow" is a much less monumental, much more in-the-moment story.

The best aspect of it is the extremely visceral depiction of Alissa's experience being constantly harassed by people wanting to help, often to soothe their own egos more than to actually help her. Similarly, her wrenching experience at the hands of the Red Cross was shocking and infuriating. It is an incredible thing to get a first person account of a 9/11 Widow and to read about how real and confusing her relationship to her husband continued to be once he was dead.

Definitely worth a read, if only for historical-cultural-political reasons.
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