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In the opening scene of Falling Man, Keith Neudecker emerges from the smoke and ash of the burning tower where he worked and makes his way to the apartment of his ex-wife and young son uptown. Throughout this bold and haunting novel, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships, reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory, and our perception of the world.
Falling Man is a direct encounter with the enormous force of history, yet the story is told through the intimate lives of a few people immediately affected. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive.
"There have been a number of novels written in the past years about 9/11 that have attempted to come to grips with what that horrible day means to us. None of them are like this one....It's a testament to DeLillo's brilliant command of language that readers will feel once again, whether they want to or not, as scared and as sad as they felt that day." (
"This novel is a return to DeLillo's best work. No other writer could encompass 9/11 quite like DeLillo does here....The writing has the intricacy and purpose of a wiring diagram....It is as if Players, The Names, Libra, White Noise, Underworld - with their toxic events, secret histories, moral panics - converge, in that day's narrative of systematic vulnerability, scatter and tentative regrouping." ( Publishers Weekly)
" Falling Man brings at least a measure of memory, tenderness and meaning to all that howling space." ( The New York Times Book Review)
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A moving meditation
- Nigel Nicholson