The Woman Who Wasn't There by Robin Gaby Fisher
The True Story of an Incredible Deception

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The story that Fisher and Guglielmo so eloquently tell is both fascinating and heartbreaking.
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 It was a tale of loss and recovery, of courage and sorrow, of horror and inspiration. Tania Head’s astonishing account of her experience on September 11, 2001—from crawling through the carnage and chaos to escaping the seventy-eighth-floor sky lobby of the burning south tower to losing her fiancé in the collapsed north tower—transformed her into one of the great victims and heroes of that tragic day.

Tania selflessly took on the responsibility of giving a voice and a direction to the burgeoning World Trade Center Survivors’ Network, helping save the “Survivor Stairway” and leading tours at Ground Zero, including taking then-governor Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, and former mayor Giuliani on the inaugural tour of the WTC site. She even used her own assets to fund charitable events to help survivors heal. But there was something very wrong with Tania’s story—a terrible secret that would break the hearts and challenge the faith of all those she claimed to champion.

Told with the unique insider perspective and authority of Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr., a filmmaker shooting a documentary on the efforts of the Survivors’ Network, and previously one of Tania’s closest friends, The Woman Who Wasn’t There is the story of one of the most audacious and bewildering quests for acclaim in recent memory—one that poses fascinating questions about the essence of morality and the human need for connection at any cost.
 

About Robin Gaby Fisher

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Robin Gaby Fisher is a nationally acclaimed news feature writer with The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey. She has won one Pulitzer Prize and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Touchstone. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Current Affairs, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Non-fiction
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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa Zeidner on Apr 20 2012

Structurally, that gives the authors a problem: a lot of pages to fill and not a lot of suspense. For this reason, the documentary might prove a more intriguing form for the material than the written account.

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The Roanoke Times

Below average
Reviewed by Linda Rimel on Apr 15 2012

They err, however, in using omniscient narration to relate Tania’s fabricated back story and experiences on 9/11: “What really struck Tania about Dave was … that he volunteered in a soup kitchen on weekends and taught children to read for a local literacy organization.

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Knox News

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Cruze on May 01 2012

The only criticism I can find is the lack of a chapter explaining what would make a person perpetrate the kind of fraud Head did, but even without that, it still earns five stars.

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RSA Conference

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Rothke on Apr 23 2012

The story that Fisher and Guglielmo so eloquently tell is both fascinating and heartbreaking.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Apr 02 2012

For ultimately, while there is a great deal of betrayal portrayed, there is a constant glimmer of hope, a glimmer that helped the victims of this tragedy rise up and begin to heal again.

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