American Widow

American Widow

Graphic Novel - 2008
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An autobiographical comic which chronicles the experiences of Alissa Torres after her husband Eddie was killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, leaving her to face a whirlwind of bureaucracy, politics, mourning, and impending childbirth and single motherhood
Publisher: New York : Villard, [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780345500694
0345500695
Branch Call Number: GN BIO Torres, A 2008
Characteristics: 209 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Choi (Illustrator)

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KateHillier Jun 11, 2014

Alissa Torres is pregnant and newly married when her husband died in the September 11th terrorist attacks. While this book deals a lot with her grief and sense of loss of not only her new husband but also at the fact that she is a single mother with a child who will now never know his father it is mostly a frustrating story of bureaucracy. About how much of a pain it is to get the money that she's promised, about how many times she has to repeat her story, and about how some things are badly worded or impossible to obtain.

It really is more frustrating than tragic, not that it isn't sad and not that you don't feel for her and everyone else. If there is one constant in this world, though, it is probably bureaucracy

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