When You Were Older

By Catherine Ryan Hyde | Paperback
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I was doing my best to get out the door. And then the phone rang. I almost let it go. It's New York, September 11th, 2001. Russell Ammiano is rushing to work when he gets a phone call that saves his life. As the city he loves is hit by unimaginable tragedy, Russell must turn his back and hurry home to Kansas. Kansas, September 14th 2001 Ben Ammiano is mentally disabled, and a creature of habit. Any change to his routine sends him into a spin. But now his estranged brother has reappeared, and Ben's simple, ordered world has turned upside down. In a story as heartbreaking as it is uplifting, two brothers must bury their pasts and learn from each other, if they are to survive. 

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FormatPaperback 
Pages416 
Dimensions234mm x 153mm x 29mm
PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd 
Release Date29 Mar 2012 
ISBN-139780857520791 

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7 May 2012, 1:01pm | Review by Kerre Woodham
Russell Ammiano is rushing out to work on September 11 when he gets a call telling him his mother has died. That call saves his life because, moments after he receives the call, his advertising agency is wiped out when terrorists fly planes into the Twin Towers. He hitchhikes home to the hick town in Kansas he left behind so many years ago to bury his mother and make arrangements for looking after his mentally disabled brother, Ben. He has no intention of staying - but then he falls in love with Anat, an Egyptian girl who runs the bakery in town and who becomes the target of anti-Arab racism in the wake of September 11. It’s a love story but not in a saccharine sweet kind of way. Fans of JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You will enjoy it.
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