I can’t remember where I first heard about Tania Head but something took me to Amazon where I purchased The Woman Who Wasn’t There by Robin Gaby Fisher & Angelo J. Guglielmo, Jr. I’ll tell you right off the bat that I’m very interested in famous liars and reading memoirs that are later revealed to be fictitious. Maybe it was the psychology minor that I attached to my history specialization during my undergrad but I’m so interested in what motivates people to tell lies on such a colossal and daring scale.
Needless to say, The Woman Who Wasn’t There tells the story of a liar, specifically Tania Head, a woman who claimed to be in the South Tower during the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001. It wasn’t even that Head pretended to be there, she carved out a name for herself as an “ubersurvivor” (as termed by the authors) with possibly one of the most dramatic and harrowing survivor tales to come out of that infamous day. Continue reading