The events of 9/11 were a very real part of Helaina‚Äôs life and are still vivid in her memory today. Hundreds were stranded in the neighborhood, including Helaina, without phones or electricity or anyone to help. Fear and despair took over her life. It would take Helaina more than a decade to overcome the PTSD ‚Äî and subsequent alcohol addiction ‚Äî that went misdiagnosed and mistreated. In many ways, After 9/11 is the story of a generation growing up in the aftermath of America‚Äôs darkest day ‚Äîand for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to make a new beginning. This new trade paperback edition includes tips on how to cope with trauma, an FAQ section, and a guide to discussing 9/11 with children.
‚ÄúInspirational, courageous and beautifully told. After 9/11 is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.‚Äù ‚Äî Cathy Free, correspondent, PEOPLE magazine
‚ÄúHelaina Hovitz’s engrossing narrative begins in the shadow of the twin towers with her as a backpack-toting twelve-year-old and plays out over the next fifteen years in dramatic – and sometimes distressing – detail. This impressive debut is both deeply evocative and intensely personal.‚Äù ‚Äî Peter Canby, Senior Editor, The New Yorker
‚ÄúA moving and remarkable testament to a time that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who never gave up hope that she could reclaim her life, no matter how grim things looked.‚Äù ‚Äî Sean Elder, contributor, Newsweek
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