The Woman Who Wasn't There

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am

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The Woman Who Wasn't There
by Robin Gaby Fisher, Angelo Guglielmo
Touchstone (e-book)

Anyone who has been at the receiving end of a big lie knows how it feels to have been deceived. The fictional details make it even worse. Now imagine a lie magnified a zillion times and you'll grasp the gravity of Tania Head's fantastic story about surviving 9/11. After an investigation by a New York Times reporter it turned out to be just that: a made-up tale. Head's imagined version of events had her fleeing Merrill Lynch's office in the World Trade Centre and crawling over corpses to escape. She became known as one of the last people out of the second tower. Hers was also one of the saddest stories because the attack, she contended, claimed her fiance David. Although an actual victim at Ground Zero, the man had nothing to do with Head. As the book shows, she wasn't even in New York at the time of the tragedy. She was in Barcelona. Robin Gaby Fisher and co-author Angelo Guglielmo, whom the WTC Survivors' Network approached to make a documentary for the group, do well to make sense of the story. However it would have been more compelling with less of a linear format.