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American Widow
by Alissa Torres
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Villard, 2009 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

American Widow chronicles author Alissa Torres' journey in coming to terms with her husband's death. On September 10th, 2001, Eddie Torres started a new job at the World Trade Center. Eddie was out late that night, causing Alissa to be angry with him. Little did anyone know what would happen the next day.

As the planes crash, Alissa's life is turned upside down as she awaits the birth of her son. Instead of having a husband to love and support her, she has the American Red Cross giving her too little, too late, the Family Resource Center giving her the run around, and the media hounding her about the birth of her baby. Alissa becomes withdrawn but tries to go on the best she can until she is able to finally let go and think of good memories as she travels to Hawaii for the anniversary of her husband's death.

Illustrator Sungyoon Choi expertly captures Torres' story in the blue and white panels of American Widow. The graphic novel format gives it a more emotional edge than a simple prose work, helping the reader to experience Alissa's joy, pain, and final release, which is brought to the forefront as color enters the pictures. American Widow is a touching true story of the life of a woman life who was affected by 9/11 much more than most Americans.

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