At first glance this novel appears to be about 9/11. Yet, even though the events of September 11 are important to this story, Giangrande's novel is about so much more than that.
Valerie is spending some time is spending some time hiking on a French island, away from her husband, Gerard, a journalist who has often chased stories around the globe. He's in New York City on assignment now, and will catch up with their grows son Andre, who works and lives there with his partner.
Her time on the island is one of solitude and after she hears of airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center, she is left alone with her thoughts, which turn in many directions: to a relationship she had with Matthew before she married Gerard, her husband's girlfriend who died in a plane crash, her father's death, and the worry over her son's safety.
The setting of this novel is one that is far enough removed from the events of 9/11 that it felt as though Valerie didn't understand the enormity of what occurred, simply because of how far removed she was, which is probably true for many people.
Although 9/11 is a prominent part of the story, Valerie's struggle with her thoughts and the depth these thoughts give her character stuck with me far more.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing me a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.