By the best-selling author of Don't Let Me Go and Pay It Forward, When You Were Older is the heartrending, thought-provoking, and life-affirming story of two very different brothers who try to build a new life together against the backdrop of an uncertain and uneasy time in our shared history.
Russell Ammiano works on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11, 2001, the phone rings while Rusty is rushing to work. The news is devastating: his mother has died of a stroke, leaving his brain-damaged older brother, Ben, alone. This news also saves Rusty's life. He's still at home when two planes hit the World Trade Center--and only one of his friends and colleagues survives.
In a single day, the life Rusty built in New York crumbles to the ground. Rusty returns to his tiny hometown and the brother he was more than happy to leave behind. Ben hasn't changed a bit, but the town has. Tensions are running high in the wake of the terrorist attack while Rusty struggles to put the past behind him and care for the exasperating brother he loves. He finds refuge in drinking coffee in the early morning with beautiful Egyptian-American Anat in her father's bakery. Rusty is beginning to get his life back...until one awful night threatens to take it all away again.
©2012 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"A fantastic read which will have people talking about it for many weeks and months to come." (Sarah's Book Reviews)
"The award for the amount of humanity woven into a book goes to Catherine Ryan Hyde." (Ivana of Willing to See Less)
This is yet another one of Ms Hyde's perfect stories of imperfection in the real world. This is the world right after 9-11-2001. She hits the nail on the head again. I can never stop her books, they are better than any good movie. Lots of insightful wisdom sprinkled in too.
nine 11 turns a young man's world upside down when he returns home to be sole support of an older intellectually handicapped older brother. it causes the young man to grow in understanding of how preconceived beliefs affect lives. an intense plot that keeps you guessing.
I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The reader was very good and the story stayed interesting throughout the whole book. I was disappointed when it was over because I felt like I wanted it to go on.
I didn't read the print version but I love audio books in general. I would only have an hour at most to read on most days, but with audio books I can enjoy a book while I'm dressing in the morning, driving, cooking, etc.
Nick Podehl did a great job bringing the main character to life.
The story was heart warming, the characters interesting and likeable.
The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey
As the title would suggest I was less than impressed by the author's effort this time around. This is after being totally sold when the book jacket laid out the plot line. A young man; Matt Amiano who managed to survive 9/11 because he received a phone call informing him of his mother's death; thus didn't make it to the morning meeting on the 102nd floor of the North Tower. So while dealing with these two tragedies he returns to his Kansas hometown for the first time in six years. There he is forced to deal with his handicapped older half-brother Ben. Ben who lost quite a bit of brain function in an accident during his teen years and is unable to live on his own.
The conflict of his new life is further complicated when he meets the beautiful Egyptian daughter of the town's baker. He's unprepared for the intensity of his feeling for the young woman and the changes brought to his small hometown by world events.
Matt gradually learns to deal with his brother's needs and liabilities and searches for a way to integrate himself into his new life and his brother into his new reality. The highlight of his new existence is his morning coffee and doughnuts with Anat who runs the bakery with her father. Being the only middle easterners in the small Kansas town they; or more precisely their bakery is the target of some of the more unenlightened members of the community. The path of true love is also blocked by Anat's father who informs Matt that things are different with Anat than they are with the American girls he has dated in the past.
This is about as far as I"m able to go without getting into Spoiler territory so I'll change pace. This particular audiobook begins so slowly that if I weren't a fan of the author I would've given up and moved on. Though I'm glad I didn't take it that far this audiobook was a disappointment to me. Part of this was due to the level of my expectations for this work. It's worth the credit.
I really like Catherine Ryan Hyde's books. She writes books about complex interpersonal relationships. Sometimes I'm on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happens next.
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