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A widow's walk
Marian Fontana
Adult Nonfiction HV6432.7 .F66 2005

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From Publishers' Weekly:

September 11, 2001, was the eighth anniversary of Fontana's wedding to firefighter Dave-they had plans for a night on the town-and the second day of kindergarten for their son, Aidan. Dave's last call to her was from the World Trade Tower site after the first plane crashed; he promised to call back in 20 minutes. "This is the worst day of my life," he said. The first chapters of this book follow the grim days of waiting and hoping almost hour by hour, then chronicle the first few of an endless succession of wakes and funerals. Nothing about this widowhood was normal, including its morbid celebrity, the attention of Mayor Giuliani and Senator Clinton and the sometimes predatory media, and the gifts and perks showered on the families. Fontana quickly became a leader in the sisterhood of grieving women (Dave's Brooklyn company, Squad 1, lost 12 men) and is now the president of the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Family Association. Her book is far more personal than political, however, and Fontana's keen eye and ear make for an absorbing account of the first year of coping with historic tragedy. Trained as a comedian and actress, she has been writing skits and monologues since graduating from the High School of Performing Arts, and her observations are colorful, often funny and sometimes merciless. With its built-in drama and pathos and excellent pacing, this book should bring Fontana to the attention of talk shows nationwide. Agent, Susan Golomb. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Playwright/comedienne Fontana lost her firefighter husband on September 11, 2001-their eighth wedding anniversary. Now she's president of the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Family Association. Her survival story is both poignant and funny. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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