Waiting for Rescue: A Novel

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Counterpoint, Jul 29, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
Jarring yet slyly comic, Waiting for Rescue evokes a world turned upside down after the events of 9/11 as seen through the eyes of a wry and observant American woman who, though far from the path of the hijacked planes, is thrown into turmoil nevertheless. As a teacher in Boston working with health professionals from around the world, her sudden grief and sense of impending violence gradually pervade every facet of her life and change forever her understanding of the “good works” her colleagues and her students believe they do.

In Honig’s global landscape, the paths of vastly different people crisscross with the narrator’s: a Muslim family in America dealing with cancer, then ethnic profiling; an aging researcher hoping to make his mark in bio-terror’s next big thing; a feisty girl in Kenya whose parents have AIDS; a nerdy high school teacher who commits a terrible crime that returns to haunt, decades later.

Everywhere the author takes us — the classroom and the bedroom, in hallways of hospitals and the offices of ambitious researchers, in the slums of Nairobi and the streets of Boston, at office parties and bedside vigils — events intersect in a unique commentary on the imbalances of our times.
 

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A post-9/11 novel examining how that traumatic event shapes the lives of the narrator and a college professor, as well as the lives of those she teaches.Although the novel takes place in Boston rather ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
5
Chapter Three
17
Chapter Four
35
Chapter Five
41
Chapter Six
61
Chapter Seven
81
Chapter Eight
93
Chapter Thirteen
135
Chapter Fourteen
143
Chapter Fifteen
153
Chapter Sixteen
155
Chapter Seventeen
169
Chapter Eighteen
179
Chapter Nineteen
187
Chapter Twenty
203

Chapter Nine
107
Chapter Ten
111
Chapter Eleven
121
Chapter Twelve
129
Chapter Twentyone
207
Chapter Twentytwo
221
Chapter Twentythree
231
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About the author (2009)

Lucy Honig has been widely published to critical acclaim. including selections for the O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. She currently teaches writing at Boston University. She lives in Boston, MA.

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