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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Kalfus Narrator: James Boles Publisher: Audio Evolution Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joyce and Marshall Harriman are in the midst of a contentious divorce, but still sharing a cramped, over-mortgaged Brooklyn apartment with their two children. On the morning of September 11, Joyce departs for Newark to catch a flight to San Francisco, and Marshall, after dropping the kids at daycare, heads for his office in the World Trade Center.

She misses her flight and he's late for work, but on that grim day, in a devastated city, among millions seized by fear and grief, each thinks the other is dead, and each is secretly, shamefully, gloriously happy. As their bitter divorce is further complicated by anthrax scares, suicide bombs, foreign wars, and the stock-market collapse, they suffer, in ways unexpectedly personal and increasingly ludicrous, the many strange ravages of our time.

In this astonishing black comedy, Kalfus suggests how our nation's public calamities have encroached upon our most private illusions.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ania | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this book at first - the dark comedy mised in with post 9-11. But I didn't think it ended well and just kind of fell apart about halfway through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Claudia Moscovici | 2/12/2014

    " Who would have thought that a satire about as serious a subject as 9/11 would be possible? But it was, and Ken Kalfus did it masterfully (and, of course, comically). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erik | 2/4/2014

    " This was an interesting idea, though the overall story was lacking. The novel was the story about a NYC couple going through an ugly divorce. At the beginning, each assumed the other was killed in the 9/11 attackes on the WTC, but the book lost steam as it progressed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meghan Davison | 2/2/2014

    " The only other fiction about 9/11 that I've read is Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which is heartbreaking. And yet it is somehow easier to read than Kalfus' sardonic look at 9/11. It is uncomfortable reading an account of 9/11 that isn't meant to make us sad. It is uncomfortable reading about characters who grieve not for what they lost but for what they wish was lost. It is uncomfortable reading about unsympathetic characters when we want to read about heroes. But if you can get past that, Kalfus writes an excellent study of human nature--- especially our ability to make even the grandest tragedy about ourselves. The two main characters, Joyce and Marshall, are a couple going through a hateful divorce which consumes their lives far more than the terrorist attacks. They think about happier times and how they dissolved into such a bitter marriage and wonder: how did we come to this? In fact, every event in the book, every argument, every relationship, every missed warning about the attacks, every mistaken piece of evidence about WMD forces us to ask, how did we come to this? "

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