American Widow

American Widow

Book - 2008
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"At the heart of "American Widow" is the notion of Sept. 11 as a personal, rather than a national or political, tragedy, which, this achingly tender work reminds us, is exactly what it was." -- LA Times

Want to honor those who passed during 9-11? Turn off the stupid documentary glorifying all of those images we've seen over and over, and read this sincere account of how that fateful day effected one person that represents all of us.” — Aint It Cool News

“[A] raw, occasionally maddening, bracing graphic memoir… Unbearably moving.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Reading it, you feel that Torres could be your friend or neighbor; she makes an epic tragedy intimate.” — Newsday

On September 10, 2001, Eddie Torres started his dream job at Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The next morning, he said goodbye to his 7½-months-pregnant wife, Alissa, and headed out the door.

In an instant, Alissa’s world was thrown into chaos. Forced to deal with unimaginable challenges, Alissa suddenly found herself cast into the role of “9/11 widow,” tossed into a storm of bureaucracy, politics, patriotism, mourning, consolation, and, soon enough, motherhood.

Beautifully and thoughtfully illustrated, American Widow is the affecting account of one woman’s journey through shock, pain, birth, and rebirth in the aftermath of a great tragedy. It is also the story of a young couple’s love affair: how a Colombian immigrant and a strong-minded New Yorker met, fell in love, and struggled to fulfill their dreams. Above all, American Widow is a tribute to the resilience of the human heart and the very personal story of how one woman endured a very public tragedy.

Baker & Taylor
Presents, in graphic novel format, the story of Alissa Torres, whose husband was killed in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, and her legal and psychological battles over his death.

& Taylor

Created in the format of a graphic novel, a deeply personal memoir recalls the author's whirlwind romance, courtship, and marriage to Eddie Torres, a one-time illegal alien who had worked his way up the ladder of success to take a dream job at Cantor Fitzgerald, only to die in the World Trade Center attacks, leaving his wife pregnant with their first child. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Villard, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345500694
Characteristics: 209 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Choi illustrator


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Jul 23, 2019

Very strange format I thought it was a regular book but it is all in like comic book form and I just couldn't get into it

Jan 17, 2018

Sad, read it.

KateHillier Jun 11, 2014

Alissa Torres is pregnant and newly married when her husband died in the September 11th terrorist attacks. While this book deals a lot with her grief and sense of loss of not only her new husband but also at the fact that she is a single mother with a child who will now never know his father it is mostly a frustrating story of bureaucracy. About how much of a pain it is to get the money that she's promised, about how many times she has to repeat her story, and about how some things are badly worded or impossible to obtain.

It really is more frustrating than tragic, not that it isn't sad and not that you don't feel for her and everyone else. If there is one constant in this world, though, it is probably bureaucracy


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