The Submission: A Novel
Entertainment Weekly's Favorite Novel of 2011
Ten years after 9/11, a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermath
The memorial's designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad Khan. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the self-possessed and mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, she finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself—as unknowable as he is gifted. In the fight for both advantage and their ideals, all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent question of how to remember, and understand, a national tragedy.
In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman's cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure their perspectives. A striking portrait of a fractured city striving to make itself whole, The Submission is a piercing and resonant novel by an important new talent.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing
An interesting thought experiment, but maybe not such a great novel. The writing is competent, the characters closer to archetypes than people. Reminded me a bit of Jodi Picoult (although this is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing
When the winner of a competition to design a memorial for the 9/11 victims is revealed to be a Muslim, controversy erupts. The first thought of some on the panel who chose the winner from anonymously ... Read full review
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