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And the War Came
An Accidental Memoir
David Wyatt

Terrace Books

"David Wyatt focuses our attention on the ripple effects of a stone tossed into a pond—a private pond, and a public pond, as well: as the circles widen and disappear, we remember and re-imagine the initial tossing of the stone, and re-examine our own lives in the context of the choices we've made, and the decisions that have been made for us, individually and as a nation."—Ann Beattie, author of
of The Doctor's House and Perfect Recall

"Instinctively finding moments in which people are revealed for their true essence, Wyatt places the September 11 events on a human, domestic level, and shows how they touch everybody's lives." —Brian Bouldrey, author of The Boom Economy

"Truly astonishing storytelling, an unprecedented combination of autobiography and reflective essay, written with a startling clarity that evokes the vivid immediacy in our lives. There will be much journalism and historical commentary about September 11—but none can possibly match the emotional dimensions, the bewildered humanity, the day-to-day feel of things, how our inner lives are suddenly made turbulent, how we seek solace in the familiars of love and family. And the War Came is humbling, sad, and inspiring. I am tremendously grateful for this marvelous book."—Howard Norman, author of The Bird Artist

On the day of the terrorist attacks, a man begins writing down things said by his family and friends. This elegantly understated memoir explores how the events of September 11 affected one family. It records thoughts, feelings, and interactions as David Wyatt reflects on his own emotions and those around him that unforgettable autumn.

David Wyatt is professor of English at the University of Maryland. His previous books include Five Fires: Race, Catastrophe, and the Shaping of California and Out of the Sixties: Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation.

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September 2004
LC: 2004005253 HV
312 pp.  6 x 9
Cloth ISBN 978-0-299-20170-8

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