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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Review: The SubmissionUser Review - Taryn - Goodreads
The Submission is the fictional story of the anonymous competition to build the 9/11 memorial in NYC. Claire, who lost her husband in the attacks, represents the victims' families on a judging panel ... Read full review
Review: The SubmissionUser Review - Arna - Goodreads
Highly recommended. A look back to the more immediate aftermath of 9/11, when a selected design jury is selecting a design for the memorial. I couldn't understand all the motivations of each of the ... Read full review
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