Torres's husband, Eddie, started work at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center on September 10, 2001. The next day, Alissa became one of the terrorist widows of 9/11. American Widow chronicles Alissa's first year without Eddie—including the birth of their child, two months after his death. It also traces their courtship, marriage and the last few days of Eddie's life. This deeply personal book is at times raw, angry, bleak and lyrical. The best prose comes out of Torres's moments of pure, lonely grief, which punctuate her confusing and at times horrifying experiences with various aid agencies, family members, friends and strangers. Choi's art is reminiscent of the work of Andi Watson and Craig Thompson, and complements Torres's writing by emphasizing the ordinary in Alissa's extraordinary circumstances. Torres and Choi do best with the confusion and shock that come with a sudden death, laying out scene after scene without quite connecting them—just as events seem to go on and on without meaning when one has lost someone important. What this book lacks in technique and narrative drive, it makes up in its heartfelt look at the universality in one woman's loss. (Sept.)
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Alissa Torres lives in New York with her family.
Choi is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and has produced short comics as well as illustrations for The New York Times.
9/11 is a national (even international) tragedy, and in that sense we are all victims. As time passes we might think that we know something about that tragedy, how we should... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Leland Vall
I was disappointed with this novel. I agreed with a previous reviewer that there are important gaps in the information. Why was Torres mad at her husband before he died? Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Mickey
I find it hard to believe that no other reader noticed that the book is missing some words/lines here and there. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Lynn S. Dopkin
September 11, 2001, was Eddie Torres's second day in a great new job at Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Michael K. Smith
Alissa and Eddie shared not just an American love story, but a New York one, a story that didn't receive the happy ending it deserved. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by GraphicNovelReporter.com
The premise of AMERICAN WIDOW is gripping; a woman loses her husband on 9/11, which is also the second day of his new job. Read morePublished on October 11, 2009 by B. Wolinsky
I admit it, I didn't like it...
I expected a story , heartfelt from this woman who had been through so much and to be fair these drawings were her way of dealing with... Read more
This is completely done as an illustration. In the fashion of an old comic book. I know comi books - or illustrated books - are quite popular but it was not as I expected. Read morePublished on March 22, 2009 by MM