I am the South Tower. This is my story.
You must use extraordinary measures to tell an extraordinary story. This book might be a novel and it might not be a novel. The characters might be real and they might be fictions. Many of the events described happened or they did not.
Rules will be broken.
Our narrator is not a person. It is a building; the South Tower of the World Trade Center, whose height and thousands of windows provide the first truly-panoramic view of 9/11. Sometimes the only way to learn the truth is through fiction.
Comic and tragic, wailing and railing, fantastic and hyper-realistic, Airplane Novel portrays the South Tower to be "more human than human" and the perfect spectator of its own spectacle.
What They're Saying about Airplane Novel:
Included on USA Today's list: Best from indie publishers in 2011
"Airplane Novel is, without a doubt, the most extraordinary of all books published to date on the destruction by terrorists of the World Trade Trade Center. His book tells a truly intimate inside story of the rise and fall of the Twin Towers that cuts through the hype and emotive rhetoric... Objective, clear-headed and big-picture focused, this is a book that will change the outlook of many a reader regarding the 9/11 tragedy."
— Dan Newland, international journalist for the New York Times & The London Daily Telegraph
"Is Paul A. Toth’s new Airplane Novel THE 9/11 novel? Perhaps. It certainly makes the short list. We've been seeking perspective, after all, and Toth delivers with a second tower omniscient narrator, the South Tower himself, who details his birth, life, and death from his singular, elevated vantage point."
“The cubist approach allows Toth to tell the 9/11 story from multiple perspectives and approaches, both inside and outside the tower.”
"…a joyous read, the best of the 9/11 books — experimental in all the good ways (metafictional w/o being goofy, polyphonic via a quixotic omniscience to the narration but with a strong singular narrative consciousness in the end). And, ultimately, its humanity is its most important part."
—The 2nd Hand
"In his fourth novel, Paul A. Toth mixes documentary with its bipolar opposite and crafts a wonderful cubist and surreal tale of truth through fiction. The story, at times intense, sometimes engaging the reader into disturbing pathos, manages to shock despite the well-known reality of events, and, as always from Toth, it's an hilariously stark reminder of how absurd it is to be human."
—Pascal-Denis Lussier, Up My Street and Down Yours
"Toth is a unique, gifted stylist whose prose is at times sharp, unpredictable, humorous, and always engaging. There have been a lot of books about 9/11 but I promise you none like this."
—Midwest Book Review
“Airplane Novel is less fictionalized history and more an examination of what it is to be human, for whatever that may be worth. It is complex through simplicity. Varied through repetition.… It is a novel that may or may not be a novel. It is not a good story. It is an amazing story, and through it our narrator is both victor and victim."
—Emory Barrett Pueschel