Don DeLillo specializes in powerful and disturbing novels about big events and societal shifts. His novel White Noise
remains a timely read more than 20 years after it was written. At its most basic, Falling Man
is about a 9/11 survivor. But it’s also about Alzheimer’s, performance art, poker, family, separation, and the various ways that people reacted to 9/11 in the months and years following the events. Although the novel is only 246 pages, it took me over a week to read in small doses – apparently I needed plenty of absorption time.