People Who Knew Me
A woman who decided to disappear on 9/11 must face her past when she is diagnosed with cancer.
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Connie lives under the radar in California with her teenage daughter. But when she’s diagnosed with cancer, she’s forced to face her past and the life she left behind. Because Connie is really Emily, and when the towers crumbled on 9/11, she disappeared and created a new life and identity. Flashing between past and present, we learn of the stresses that pushed her to make that decision.
This was such an interesting premise but unfortunately was a bit of a letdown. I wanted to like Connie/Emily more and sympathize with her choices, but I just didn’t. It does make you wonder, though, if there were people who chose to disappear amid the chaos of 9/11.
Everything was fine fourteen years after she left New York. Until suddenly, one day, it wasn’t. Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loved passionately, she was building the life she always wanted. But when enormous stress threatened her marriage, Emily made some rash decisions. That’s when she fell in love with someone else. That’s when she got pregnant. Resolved to tell her husband of the affair and to leave him for the father of her child, Emily’s plans are thwarted when the world is suddenly split open on 9/11. It’s amid terrible tragedy that she finds her freedom, as she leaves New York City to start a new life. It’s not easy, but Emily—now Connie Prynne—forges a new happily-ever-after in California. But when a life-threatening diagnosis upends her life, she is forced to rethink her life for the good of her thirteen-year-old daughter. A riveting debut in which a woman must confront her own past in order to secure the future of her daughter, Kim Hooper’s People Who Knew Me asks: “What would you do?”