Children in the City of the Fallen Towers

a short story

Book Cover: Children in the City of the Fallen Towers

Children in the City of the Fallen Towers: A Short Story tells the tale of two people who became orphans as a result of the 9/11 Tragedy.

What do you do when you suddenly have “no mother and no future, only a broken city?” Meet Mia Genesis Mendez, a little girl whose small world just got smaller: her mother died at Ground Zero less than two days prior.

Stuck inside of her Abuela Mendez’s tight East Harlem apartment with her big brother Carlos, Mia battles against heartache, pain and confusion - and suffers the sting of Abuela Mendez’s belt.

(This version of Children in the City of the Fallen Towers: A Short Story is 1,800+ words and includes an in-depth Author’s Note, Selected Links and more.)

Reviews:YoTrip on Amazon wrote:

In the mist of a horrific event two children find that they are forced to find a way to live. 911attacks and the Fallen Tower has hit home with Mia and Carlos in the loss of their mother. Sent to live with a grandmother that has a no desire to deal with an adolescent and a man child leaves the children open for verbal and physical abuse.
This is a great storyline that addresses those that experienced loss and became lost in 911's aftermath. Great job Joey Pinkney!

Jackie Loggins on Amazon wrote:

The story was short, but it portrayed a very real situation a lot of orphaned children face even to this day.

Jackie Loggins on Elrig House Publishing wrote:

When it comes to the events and tragedies of 9/11, we often hear about the fallen heroes, widowed spouses and most of all the terrorists who were involved. But rarely have I personally seen news segments or articles or books of personal stories about the orphans in which the events of 9/11 created.

And reading this short story brought up a lot questions in my mind as to why this is so. Aren’t the children of lost parents voices just as important as a widow(er) or the family of one of the terrorists? In our society, to be parent-less puts you in a very vulnerable and often dangerous situation.

There are a plethora of cases about orphaned children living on the street or being abused in the foster care system. And the sad part is most of those children are being watched over by social service professionals who are either jaded by the same-old-stories or just there for a check. And sadly enough in the end, it’s the child who lose.

(Read full interview by clicking "Elrigh House Publishing" above.)

Writer Chick on Amazon wrote:

I thoroughly enjoyed Children in the City of the Fallen Towers by Joey Pinkney.. I was going to wait to read it when I was at the gym, but I took a peek at the opening paragraph while I was waiting for my daughter. It definitely hooked me. and I read it quickly in about fifteen minutes and couldn't put it down. The story haunted me all day, and still even a week later pulls at my emotions.

Joey does a great job developing the two characters in this post-911 tale of two children horribly affected by a family tragedy after the twin towers fell. The older brother, Carlos, does his best to comfort his little sister who is trying to make sense of the horrible loss of their mother. Carlos has a secret and in his kindness has no choice but to reveal it. The ending is quite surprising and leaves you feeling torn about the choice the children make to survive their situation and make a new life for themselves.

Leanne Phillips on Amazon wrote:

Joey Pinkney has a natural gift for storytelling. This particular story is a small slice of life post 9/11. It's amazing how the author was able to convey the big picture of the profound national impact of 9/11 by focusing only on two children and how their world was turned upside down. The timing and story arc were perfect, and the ending superbly foreshadowed the lifelong, lasting effects of this tragedy on families.

M. Maria Tweedy @bookwomanista on Amazon wrote:

Striking short story about two orphaned after the 9/11 tragedy. A reminder to "never forget."

K. Hernandez on Amazon wrote:

I enjoyed this story and can't wait to find out what happens next. Will we?

This story packs a lot emotion in a short time. One of many untold stories as a result of such a tragic and cowardly attack. The topic itself is still an open wound for many of us here in the U.S. and Joey Pinkney pinpointed a personal story bringing the emotional impact of the story to another level.

Joey's writing is realistic and simple creating characters that we can believe actually exists which for me adds to the power of this tale. This story is truly alive. Very well done and highly recommended.

Eden on Amazon wrote:

Mr. Pinkney tugged at the heart strings and brought out more emotion than I expected to read. You can almost sit and watch the conversations that occur between Carlos and Mia. I dare say you can see their faces due to interaction as brother and sister.

With gentle pen to ink you will read and respect the honor the author gave to the victims. I was not aware how many children were made orphans during 9/11. Thank you for this reminder.

KimGM on Amazon wrote:

Many of us have stark memories of September 11, 2001. We remember exactly where we were when we heard the news. The images of the towers falling never really disappear from our thoughts. Children in the City of the Fallen Towers by Joey Pinkney is a story of the aftermath of the Twin Towers falling, seen through the eyes of a young girl and her older brother, both of whom are dealing with the loss of their mother, who perished in the Towers.

This is a beautifully written short story that captures in sparse yet emotionally-driven language. As Mia and Carlos find themselves trapped in an apartment at the George Washington Carver Homes in Spanish Harlem with their abusive grandmother, they must also come to terms with the knowledge that nothing will ever be the same. In a sense, they've both lost their innocence. There is no one to save them from the fury and blows dealt them by their grandmother. Their hero (their mother) has died. They must save themselves.

At twenty pages, this is a quick yet thought-provoking read. The author has dedicated the story to the over 1000 orphans of September 11 and even gives insight into how and why this story came into being.

I highly recommend Children in the City of the Fallen Towers. It is a modern-day parable. Kudos, Joey Pinkney. This is a beautiful story.

Christine on Amazon wrote:

I didn't know that there were 1,300 children orphaned after 9/11. This short story took two kids who loss there mother, and allowed us to take a glimpse of there pain and suffering after losing her. There world is turned upside down, and inside out, as they are forced to live with a grandmother, who was a stranger. But what they learn about each other, brings the bond they have closer, I think.

I felt sad and wondered what was going to happen to them after I read this. It all felt so real, because 9/11 was real. I appreciate the "author notes" after the story was over. He explains his thoughts and how he came up with the story. That helped me receive the message. Makes me wonder where all these children are now.


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