I know exactly where I was and what I was doing on 9/11, and it’s unlikely I’ll ever forget. Many books have been written on the subject, but Amy Waldman’s novel takes a different approach. The story surrounds the choosing of a design for the September 11th memorial, and the drama that results when designer turns out to be a Muslim-American. Just as the event touched every American, I’m sure this book will touch its readers as well!
“In “The Submission” Ms. Waldman..imagines what would happen if a jury in charge of selecting a ground zero-like memorial were to choose, from among the many anonymous submissions, a design that turns out to have been created by a Muslim-American architect…Ms. Waldman not only captures the political furor and media storm that ensue, but also gives us an intimate, immediate sense of the fallout that these events have on the individuals involved.” - Michiko Kakutani, The NY Times
“Waldman, a former New York Times reporter, excels at involving the reader in vibrant dialogues in which the level of the debate is high and the consequences significant. Consider the opening scenes in the jury chamber: It would be a lifeless reader indeed who did not quickly become partisan for one of the two shortlisted designs, or who did not feel the electricity as the entire force of America’s collective memory is routed through one single moment in that room.” - Chris Cleave, The Washington Post
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