Gail and Michael Amendola are exemplary American. Michael’s parents, Italians had made with diligence and discipline a butcher on the legs. His mother Maria, an Italian thoroughbred Mom was always to go to the site to her daughter during the first years of marriage at hand. Without it, Gail, would the Irish roots, has never become such a perfect housewife and caring mother.
At that time often was chaos in a family house in the Wirra Lane on Staten Iceland.
Day in, day held three sons all on our toes. To Peter, the eldest, is needed not to worry. He boxed up through and is now a lawyer in a prestigious law firm in Manhattan. Bobby, the youngest, followed in the footsteps of his father Michael and was fireman. Only Franky still can not draw on track his life. He remained the problem child of the family.
Meanwhile, Gail and Michael have hardly obligations. You are retired. Since the children are no longer there, there in the house silence in the fridge – previously always packed – a gaping void in the hearts of loneliness and grief.
Because “a fraction” runs through the family, has been called to duty since her son Bobby, from which he never returned. He was one of 343 firefighters that in trying to help over seventeen thousand people in the burning Twin Towers the World Trade Center , you life lost.
But not the unlucky Nine-Eleven is the subject of this first novel. The American author Joyce Eddie rather how the terrorist mass murder the fate of an affected family has shaped over a longer period of time interested.
Can parents, siblings, spouses handle the trauma that triggers the violent loss of a human being in such a disaster?
For Gail Bobby is omnipresent. Since he took off to Tina, who he had known since high school days to get married, his room is unchanged. The bed is made depends about now faded, the poster of basketball star Patrick Ewing, the trophies on the bookshelf show that Bobby was a great athlete himself. Not a day goes by without entering the room where Gail and mentally at least for a few minutes pauses.
Peter, the successful workaholic , has settled in several ways. He Staten Iceland, the “Domestikenviertel” to leave with his wife and children, denied his Italian roots and has reduced contact with the parents to a minimum. Gail suffers and is sure Bobby would have more commonality and cohesion desired daughter Tina mourned junior with their children Alyssa and Bobby Long, indeed suffered physically. My little boy came only months after the unlucky day to the world, bears the name of his father, and many of its properties live in it on. Therefore, the next Sunday is a very special day: The whole family will come together at Gail and Michael, Bobby to duly celebrate juniors ninth birthday.
But in addition to the mourning for the father, who can no longer be there. now darkened another black cloud approaching the event. Tina opened her mother that she had “met someone,” it was “something serious”, and at the birthday party she wanted to introduce the man of the family
Of course, Tina is aware of what would trigger her confession -. It trembled – and in fact Gail is upset. On one hand, it is pleased to Tina that she has found a new life partner. On the other hand outweigh worries and pain. Should really some stranger take the place of their unique son, may replace him as a loving husband, a caring father? Perhaps he also draws (like Peter) with the family away from Staten Iceland and takes her so even the little Bobby off. What are the others to say what would Bobby think?
Gail has the difficult task of informing her two sons. The encounter with Peter takes place on neutral ground in a cafe instead, runs tense and brings a surprise. Peter is not only long since to date, but knows the new even good. Wade, a widower whose wife died in a car accident is a friend of his. That makes things for Gail not simpler: Now she can this man who even seeks solace, not hate even more.
The next hurdle is Franky, who constantly drunken no-good, quick with words and fists.. Tina fears a painful scene calculated to Bobby juniors special day. How Gail bring him to control his anger at the “asshole”? would be best Franky did not come until.
The Family Reunion on the occasion of a child’s birthday, overshadowed by a decade of mourning, the hanger for the novel’s plot. While Gail wrestles in advance with their needs, how they could preserve the carefully about the times rescued fiction of the family community in the face of foreign invader, without diminishing the memory of her is still very present late son, started leafing through the family album of Amendola.
Gail was responsible for it, that connection hold former immigrants from Italy and Ireland, and the many episodes that are told, illustrate how difficult this task, especially after the kids went their separate ways as adults and had to contend with problems of which Gail knows little. In the common mourning for the dead Bobby Amendola along their individual concerns are unimportant for some time, and they can forget that they are lonely, made mistakes, opportunities missed. His heartbroken mother can not help but glorify as Bobby. He becomes her come what may, remain a good boy, her refuge and her comforter.