"The enormous loss of life in the September 11 terror attacks tends to overwhelm the individual stories of the men, women, and children who left home that morning never to return. With this tribute, novelist Diane Schoemperlen both bestows individuality upon each of the victims and connects us all." In the tradition of elegies before it, Names of the Dead is a celebration of life. A tapestry that includes every single name and a narrative of events crafted with a novelist's observational eye, Names of the Dead tells the story of this day of loss, from its ordinary dawning to its harrowing conclusion. Interwoven with the names of the victims is an imaginative framework of fragments based on extensive research, capturing the textures of the victims' daily lives: their hobbies, their homes, their families, their loves, and their hopes for the future.