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American Widow by Alissa Torres
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Feb 18, 2009

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This book is a true account of a woman whose Colombian husband worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and died on 9/11 when she was 7.5 months pregnant. I have stayed away from most of the post-9/11 recounts, movies and memoirs but this one is uniquely done in a comic-book style format that makes it very personal and real in a way that a movie or typical work of non-fiction would not. It's a vivid picture of what she must have suffered in the first year after the attack. I'm not sure I would recommend it, but for someone going through a terrible loss it probably will ring true, especially with respect to feelings of loneliness and isolation and difficulty figuring out how to move forward.

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