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9-11 Literature

Author Bryan Charles grew up in Galesburg, Michigan and attended Gull Lake High School in the early 1990’s. His sophomore effort is a memoir detailing the ups and down’s of trying to be an aspiring writer in the Big Apple, after having relocated from Kalamazoo to New York City in the late 1990’s. He quickly discovers the cruel realities associated with big city living, with much of the early part of the book chronicling his frustration with having to work at a soul-crushing job instead of being recognized as the next Don DeLillo. The best-written part of the book (first having appeared in a literary journal as The Numbers), and certainly the book’s emotional core, contains a harrowing passage that describes his escape from one of the World Trade towers on September 11, 2001. Other novels and collections of short stories that attempted to meditate on the post and pre-9-11 world include:

Falling Man: A Novel, Don DeLillo

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud 

The Submission by Amy Waldman 

The Zero by Jess Walter 

Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace

Netherworld by Joseph O'Neill

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 



9-11 Literature

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Author Bryan Charles grew up in Galesburg, Michigan and attended Gull Lake High School in the early 1990’s. His sophomore effort is a memoir detailing the ups and down’s of trying to be an aspiring writer in the Big Apple, after having relocated from Kalamazoo to New York City in the late 1990’s. He quickly discovers the cruel realities associated with big city living, with much of the early part of the book chronicling his frustration with having to work at a soul-crushing job instead of being recognized as the next Don DeLillo. The best-written part of the book (first having appeared in a literary journal as The Numbers), and certainly the book’s emotional core, contains a harrowing passage that describes his escape from one of the World Trade towers on September 11, 2001. Other novels and collections of short stories that attempted to meditate on the post and pre-9-11 world include:

Falling Man: A Novel, Don DeLillo

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud 

The Submission by Amy Waldman 

The Zero by Jess Walter 

Oblivion: Stories by David Foster Wallace

Netherworld by Joseph O'Neill

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 

Posted by Ryan Gage at 09/11/2018 09:54:15 AM