By Don DeLillo
(Scribner, Paperback, 9781416546061, 272pp.)
Publication Date: June 3, 2008
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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.
Don DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels, including Underworld, Falling Man, White Noise, and Libra. He has won the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize for his complete body of work, and the William Dean Howells Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010, he was awarded the PEN/Saul Bellow Prize. The Angel Esmeralda was a finalist for the 2011 Story Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In October 2012, DeLillo receives the Carl Sandburg Literary Award for his body of work.
"Falling Man brings at least a measure of memory, tenderness and meaning to all that howling space."
-- Frank Rich, The New York Times Book Review
"The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day." -- Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
"DeLillo is at his best...a keen imaginer...[writing] with exactitude and lyrical originality." -- James Wood, The New Republic
"Haunting...elegiac...masterful." -- Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe