Writers have represented 9/11 and its aftermath with varying degrees of success. In Out of the Blue , Kristiaan Versluys focuses on novels that move beyond patriotic clichés and cheap sensationalism and provide new insights into the emotional and ethical impact of these traumatic events& mdash;and what it means to depict them. Versluys focuses on Don DeLillo's Falling Man , Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers , Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close , Frédéric Beigbeder's Windows on the World , and John Updike's Terrorist . He scrutinizes how these writers affirm the humanity of the disoriented individual, as opposed to the cocksure killer or politician, and retranslate hesitation, stuttering, or stammering into a precarious act of defiance. Versluys also discusses works by Ian McEwan, Anita Shreve, Martin Amis, and Michael Cunningham, arguing for the novel's distinct power in rendering the devastation of 9/11.