THE LONGEST NIGHT: A Personal History of Pan Am 103 by Helen Engelhardt.
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On December 21, 1988, in an act of terrorism that stunned the world, Pan Am 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. The Longest Night begins with the author receiving the nightmarish news that her husband, Tony Hawkins, was one of those 270. How is she going to tell Alan, their six-year-old son?
Helen Engelhardt takes readers on an intimate, year-long journey of grief, outrage, and loving remembrance, against a backdrop of international politics, media frenzy, and courtroom negotiations. To keep Tony present for both herself and Alan, Engelhardt mixes memories, documents, recordings, and headlines in a narrative that is, at once, deeply personal and profoundly universal.
"Expertly crafted narrative nonfiction that reveals the framework of people's lives." —Kirkus Reviews, which listed THE LONGEST NIGHT as one of the "Best Indie Memoirs of 2014"
"The Longest Night is situated in an entirely original place where memoir meets documentary, and the result is powerful. . . . full of insights on love and grief.”—Charles Potter, Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts