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A Widow's Walk: A Memoir of 9/11


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andlt;bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; On September 11, I dropped my son off at his second full day of kindergarten. The sky was so blue it looked as if it had been ironed. I crossed the street, ordered coffee, and sat to wait for my husband to meet me. It was our eighth wedding anniversary and Dave and I were about to begin a new chapter in our seventeen years together. Sipping coffee, I watched as a line of thick black smoke crept across the sky from Manhattan, oblivious to the fact that my life was about to change forever. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; On September 11, 2001, Marian Fontana lost her husband, Dave, a firefighter from the elite Squad 1 in Brooklyn, in the World Trade Center attack. andlt;iandgt;A Widow's Walkandlt;/iandgt; begins that fateful morning, when Marian, a playwright and comedienne, became a widow, a single mother, and an unlikely activist. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Two weeks after 9/11, the city attempted to close Squad 1, which had suffered the loss of twelve men. Known for her feisty spirit and passionate loyalty, Marian, who was still reeling from her profound loss, began to mobilize the neighborhood to keep the firehouse open. From this unlikely platform the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Families Association grew. Over the next twelve months, Marian struggled with the tragedy's endless ripple effects, from the minute and deeply personal — she wonders who will play andlt;iandgt;Star Warsandlt;/iandgt; with her son, Aidan, and carry him on his shoulders; to the collective: she works to get families and widows necessary information about the recovery effort and attends private meetings with Governor Pataki, Mayor Giuliani, Senator Clinton, and Mayor Bloomberg. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Through it all, Marian's irrepressible humor is her best armor, as well as evidence of her buoyant strength. Written with great heart and humanity, andlt;iandgt;A Widow's Walkandlt;/iandgt; is a timely opportunity for remembrance and a timeless testament to love's loss and the resilience of the human spirit.


Fontana, president of the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Family Association, pens a moving, lyrical, and profoundly funny memoir of a year in the life of a firefighter wife widowed in the 9/11 attacks.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Marian Fontanaandlt;/Bandgt;, an accomplished comedienne, actress, and writer, is the president of the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Families Association. She lives with her son, Aidan, in Staten Island, New York.

Product Details

Fontana, Marian
Simon & Schuster
New york (state)
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Personal Memoirs
General Biography
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
Widows - New York (State) - New York
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
September 2006
Grade Level:
16 pp insert
9.25 x 6.125 in

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