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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,928 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Don DeLillo Narrator: John Slattery Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 traces 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 beautiful, heartbreaking, cathartic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Falling Man brings at least a measure of memory, tenderness, and meaning to all that howling space.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The clearest vision yet of what it felt like to live through that day.”


  • “Haunting...elegiac...masterful.”

    Boston Globe

  • “DeLillo is at his best...a keen imaginer...[writing] with exactitude and lyrical originality.”

    New Republic

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gina | 2/17/2014

    " An absolutely devastating look at the effects (and details) of 9/11 from the perspective of one couple and the people that surround them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by marsha | 2/17/2014

    " A book about the effect of 9/11 on a NY family. Very deep and somewhat emotionally devastating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Timball | 2/14/2014

    " vertigo & chaos. all after 9/11. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Eoin | 2/3/2014

    " The best part of this book is its length (very short). Perhaps if this book had come out early 2002, when the feelings were raw and the easy acceptance of all things 9/11y was ripe, but these days more substance is required. The problem with this book is that the characters lack interiors. They are nothing but incomplete vessels for a nothing-happens plot. There is also the problem that this book depends heavily on dialogue for authenticity, but the dialogue is self-importantly enigmatic and unrealistic. The chapters about the lives of the terrorists are just about totally a waste of paper. This whole book could and ought be reduced to a wikipedia article about the Falling Man performance art piece. "

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