When U.S. airspace closed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thirty-eight commercial flights were forced to land instead in Gander, Newfoundland (pop. 9,651). The sudden and unexpected influx of 6,500 distressed and disoriented travelers demonstrated the mettle and generosity of the local "Newfies," as they immediately set to coordinating shelters, donations of necessities, and food service, many of the islanders even opening their homes (and showers!) to these complete strangers. Through journalist Jim DeFede we meet several dozen of the passengers and locals, learning more about their lives before, during and after the disaster, and about the enduring friendships borne out of hardship.
DeFede has a simple and occasionally sloppy writing style. My hackles rose up each time he referred to bonobos as 'monkeys' and adoptive parents as 'stepparents.' Otherwise, this was a fast, humanity-affirming read. Highly recommended.
A heart warming true story of the enormous kindness and support provided by the whole town towards people in need. The author who was an award winning journalist gave a factual record of how the townspeople of Gander in Newfoundland provided hospitality for thousands of stranded flight passengers when US airspace was closed after the 911 terrorist attack. The generosity and unselfish love of the town won friendship and lifetime bonding with the total strangers. A spirit lifting book in this troubled world to read!
Remarkable stories of the people of Gander, Newfoundland who cared for the thousands of stranded passengers from grounded 9/11 planes. Book was plagued by rudimentary, repetitive and uninspired writing.
A heartwarming read about how Newfoundlanders opened their homes and hearts to the thousands of air passengers stranded in Gander when US airspace closed, September 11, 2001. Darkness makes light more obvious and the narrative makes me proud of my Canadian compatriots who stepped up to the plate on that terrible day.
The safe haven created by the townspeople of Gander and surrounding towns for the stranded travellers on 9-11 was amazing. Reliving the horror of that day is balanced by the celebration of human kindness. Nice.
I recommend everyone to read this book. Period.
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