The Day the World Came to Town

  • by Jim DeFede
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Perfect for fans of the musical Come From Away!
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

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Wonderful story about wonderful people

A wonderful story about a people who opened their homes, wallets, and hearts to perfect strangers. Touches on the heartbreak of 9/11 but also on the people who did everything they could, in every way, to help those in need. Great listen!!
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- Susan I.

Absolutely delightful.

Every Audible subscriber should listen to this book. The warm hearted people of the province of Newfoundland did a remarkable job representing Canada to the world on that dreadful day. Their outpouring of generosity lasted for over a week to all the passengers who were stranded in the little community. This book is filled with one lovely story after another.
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- Glen in Canada

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Harper Audio