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Falling Man by Don DeLillo

In Falling Man, Keith Neudecker works in the north tower on 9/11, and after the impact, he grabs his briefcase and heads down the long stairways to escape before the building collapses. Shaken, he has the taxi driver drop him off at his estranged wife's residence. They fall into a semi-reconciliation and Keith tries to reconnect with his son. He discovers the briefcase he's saved belongs to another woman in the building, and after finding her, they begin an affair based on their mutual experience of the horror of that day. Keith struggles to find his place in the new world post-9/11, thinking luck has saved him before and could do so again. His wife throws herself into her work with an Alzheimer's support group, his son scans the sky for more planes, and a performance artist in a suit re-creates the falling man from the towers from different elevations in Manhattan. Don DeLillo's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Miami Herald saying, "Nothing can match the brief description of someone on the far edge of the abyss handing Keith a bottle of water and his awareness of swallowing dust and soot and an aftertaste of blood. Nothing, no docudrama, fiction, theater or reporting, can match DeLillo's capture of the precise, concrete language by which we defined ourselves in the shadow of 9/11."
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