August 23, 2008

Review: American Widow by Alissa Torres with art by Choi

American Widow is a graphic memoir revealing the story of Alissa Torres who was left widowed at seven months pregnant by the tragedy of 9/11.

The story includes that fateful day up to the one-year anniversary with alternating flash backs including scenes of Eddie at 10-years old, his life before meeting Alissa and their courtship, marriage and pregnancy. In chapter one alone, my arms were covered with goose bumps. 9/11 was just Eddie’s second day at his new job with Cantor Fitzgerald. Included is Alissa’s deeply frustrating struggle with several assistance agencies and the government plus you see how different friends and family react to her circumstances.

The story exposed shows us just a glimmer of what surviving family members endured that I would have never imagined. When Alissa’s private thoughts are shared you get a sense of how difficult and confusing this time in her life was and you can’t help but be affected by this deeply personal story.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Wow, this sounds amazing. So it's a novel...not a memoir? I'd love to read this at some point. Great review!


MonieG said...

It is actually a memoir. I corrected my post. Thanks for catching that!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

No problem! I was merely curious...but that must make it even more emotional. I definitely need to read this!


cheryl c said...

9/11 was such a tragic day. It is staggering to think of all the individual stories of grief of people directly affected by that day. I am not sure that I could read this story because I think it would be painful to read.