By Don Delillo
Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781416546061, 246pp.
Publication Date: June 3, 2008
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.
"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
-- Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe