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The Submission by Amy Waldman
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Dec 29, 11

bookshelves: read-in-2011
Read from December 21 to 28, 2011

I was prepared to give this book 4 stars until I reached the epilogue. Up until then, Waldman had done an able job setting up a thorny premise and then letting her characters stew in it. Everyone in the book has his/her own agenda, and the reader is left to grapple with some timely moral questions.

[Possible spoliers ahead]

Then the final section skips ahead 20 years and does its best to leave no question unanswered. It felt like such a tack-on, following 280 pages of real thought-provoking fare, that I dock another star just because of it.

Also, the attempt to crown this book a modern-day Bonfire of the Vanities is a bit forced. I get that it's trying to be be a big social novel, but Waldman's book has not one sentence of humor in it, nor is it as gleefully over-the-top as Wolfe's was.
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