A Widow's Walk

A Memoir of 9/11

About The Book

The inspiring story of love, loss, and recovery of a 9/11 widow.

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. A Widow's Walk begins that fateful morning, when Marian, a playwright and comedienne, became a widow, a single mother, and an unlikely activist.

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 Star Wars 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.

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, A Widow's Walk is a timely opportunity for remembrance and a timeless testament to love's loss and the resilience of the human spirit.

About The Author

Marian Fontana, 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

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (December 13, 2011)
  • Length: 448 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781439128367

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Raves and Reviews

"Compelling, gorgeously detailed and unsparingly honest. . . . Fontana's gifts for storytelling, dialogue and characterization make the memoir a pleasure to read, even as it rips you apart." -- Marion Winik, Newsday

"The author's passionate, irreverent persona comes through on every page. Her book has the addictive appeal of a smartly paced novel, and readers will close it wanting more." -- Michelle Green, People "Picks & Pans"

"A Widow's Walk manages to make an exhaustively covered public event into a riveting private narrative. . . . Hard to put down. . . it's the everyday humanity that makes [Marian] Fontana's story so real." -- Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek

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