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This is the story of Alissa Torres and her graphic novel, illustrated by Sungyoon Choi, which describes her personal experience ...
as a 9/11 widow.
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My name is Alissa Torres and my Book is American Widow. I met my husband Eddie downtown, and I was just ready to gout and have fun and here was this lovely person, it was really one of this very sweet fall in love kinds of things and then to realize we met right under the shadow of those towers. And then boon and I’m pregnant and it was a lovely pregnancy and then my husband lost his job in the summer of 2001. It’s his second say of work, the next thing I know, my brother is calling me up and saying, “turn on your TV, the World Trade Center has just been hit by a plane”. I turned my TV on and it’s all this craziness and I turned it off and I just knew my husband was dead. I felt very alone and isolated but meanwhile there was all this unity around. I found I overwhelming to have all these energy around me, all these good will and to find a lot of it very unhelpful and very painful. There was one night I just felt this amazing energy radiating from this mattress switches, you know, it’s the bed that we share. This was something that caught me unaware and it was really this beautiful magical kin d of thing that you know, the problem with these things is they’re all very fleeting. There is a lot of greed. You know, you just want more because you don’t; have anything.
There was a lot of pressure to move on and I find that whole concept of moving on is completely offensive and a year’s gone b y, you really need to be dating or you really need to be cleaning out your husband’s closet. You go through what you need to go through and there is no time line.
I don’t really know if I’ll ever marry or not again and I like to say no because it’s just, this relief from a certain pressure really, truly missing my husband but o love being a single mom. There are so many single moms and somehow it’s okay to be a single mom temporarily or to be kind of a single mom and transit but a lot of women are single moms permanently and you know, it’s a very rich and wonderful experience.