Jeremy Glick boarded United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001,
because a fire at Newark Airport had prevented him from flying the
That morning, at 9:37 a.m. he called his wife, Lyz, to tell her
that the plane had been hijacked and that he and a group of others
were going to storm the cockpit --- a decision that doomed Glick
and his fellow passengers, yet saved countless lives on the ground.
Jeremy became an American hero in that single moment of
There is no way to understand the full depth of emotions of those
directly affected by the tragedy of September 11th. There were so
many lives taken, which in turn created thousands of living victims
--- all the wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers and friends
who were left to deal with the why's and the how's of that
Lyz Glick is one of those living victims. Her book, YOUR FATHER'S
VOICE, is a touching memorial to her husband. She tells us who
Jeremy was before September 11th and helps us understand the man
behind the heroic action.
Through a series of letters written to the Glicks' daughter, Emmy,
Lyz guides us through Jeremy's life beginning when they first met
in a ninth grade biology class in 1984, and ending on Emmy's second
birthday. Lyz talks about suddenly becoming a single parent and
trying to come to terms with Jeremy's violent death while, at the
same time, dealing with the media, the investigation and the daily
challenges of living without her other half.
Lyz recreates the last week of Jeremy's life in a day-to-day
countdown, and as you turn each page and September 11th approaches,
you want to stop time and yell, "Don't get on the plane!" You want
to change the inevitable.
We have all heard stories of the last phone calls received from
Flight 93, but to read the personal account of Jeremy and Lyz's
final conversation just moments before the crash, and then to face
the sudden silence after the crash, is truly heartbreaking.
Lyz also steps outside her family, as she informs readers of the
incredible challenges that family members of 9-11 victims faced
while trying to get information about what really happened to their
loved ones. The account of the day when those families were finally
able to hear the black box recording is heart-wrenching. I don't
think anyone can read about these incidents and not cry.
YOUR FATHER'S VOICE is a touching tribute to an outstanding father,
husband, son, and brave American. Readers will gain a deeper
appreciation for the actions of Jeremy Glick and the other
passengers on that doomed flight.
Reviewed by Jill McAfee on January 24, 2011