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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Sheehy Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597104883
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Fifty people never came home to Middletown, New Jersey, after September 11th. Wall Street fathers, young Port Authority police, single working moms, the beloved coach of the championship girls traveling basketball team. Three toddlers in one church pre-school lost their daddies. Dozens of widows, young and beautiful girls in their 20s and 30s, some still nursing newborns, watched their dreams literally go up in smoke in that amphitheater of death across the river.

Gail Sheehy traveled to Middletown shortly after the disaster and began in-depth interviews with many of the bereaved.

Middletown, America was written as the year progressed, following parallel and intertwining stories of selected individuals and their families. A mother who was doubly bereft when she lost her only son as he tried to fill the shoes of her absentee husband; the sole survivor in an office of 67 people who escaped the 88th floor of Tower 2 seconds before the floor was decimated.

Here are the fire-fighters, rescue workers and front-line public health volunteers, now training to be soldiers in this new war.

Of equal importance, however, is the way these very real individuals dealt with this disaster and the trauma that followed. Middletown, America is also a story of recovery and of the ways people finally learn to deal with seemingly insurmountable grief and an incomprehensible physical and financial disaster.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 5/27/2013

    " This is an account of one town "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Wilson | 4/22/2012

    " This is a good book about one New Jersey town's reaction and recovery from the events of Sept 11, 2001. As a Jersey resident, it brings home our unique experience of that event. It also goes through the grief process and recovery in general and is a good read for all who struggle with loss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 4/7/2012

    " A book about the effects of 9/11 on a small town in NJ. Heartwrenching but a wonderful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb P. | 7/12/2011

    " Not what I thought it would be, decided not to finish it after about 60 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/7/2010

    " I'm always intrigued by Gail Sheehy's work, especially when she takes from her broader work of passeges in life and applies them to particular people or specific situations. Two tapes into this one, and it's good thus far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 2/17/2010

    " Not what I thought it would be, decided not to finish it after about 60 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2007

    " I'm always intrigued by Gail Sheehy's work, especially when she takes from her broader work of passeges in life and applies them to particular people or specific situations. Two tapes into this one, and it's good thus far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/6/2007

    " This is a good book about one New Jersey town's reaction and recovery from the events of Sept 11, 2001. As a Jersey resident, it brings home our unique experience of that event. It also goes through the grief process and recovery in general and is a good read for all who struggle with loss. "

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About the Author
Author Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy is the world-renowned author of more than a dozen books, including Passages, which remained on the New York Times bestseller list for more than three years and has been reprinted in twenty-eight languages. As a literary journalist, Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders, including both President Bushes, Bill and Hillary Clinton, former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich, and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.