9/11 in Fiction

Last year, self read Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children. Great.

Last night, she started reading Don DeLillo’s Falling Man. She didn’t know Falling Man was about 9/11, but now self knows that it is.

She likes the opening pages, the first fictional account she’s read of a man (an ordinary man:  that is, not a fireman, a businessman) who survived going down from the towers.

Now, the aftermath: the man’s ex-wife and her mother are discussing him. They start with discussing the man’s son.

“The kid is fine. Who knows how the kid is? He’s fine, he’s back in school,” she said. “They reopened.”

“But you worry. I know this. You like to nourish your fear.”

“What’s next? Don’t you ask yourself? Not only next month. Years to come.”

“Nothing is next. There is no next. This was next. Eight years ago they planted a bomb in one of the towers. Nobody said what’s next. This was next. The time to be afraid is when there’s no reason to be afraid.  Too late now.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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