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The Submission by Amy Waldman
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Feb 24, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult-fiction
Read in February, 2012

Amy Waldman takes on the country's post-9/11 pain and prejudice in this ambitious novel. The book begins with the fictional selection of a design and designer for the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero. The anonymous competition goes to a young, and ambitious American architect who happens to be Muslim and Waldman follows numerous characters who symbolize a variety of constituencies: the architect, the wealthy, educated Protestant white widow on the selection jury, the chair of the jury, the surviving Irish Catholic brother of a NY firefighter, the young Bangladeshi mother whose husband (a custodian in the towers and illegal alien) died, the conservative radio host, and on and on and on. Waldman, with spare but beautiful language, treats them all with well-researched respect so that the reader feels that they are reading emotional truth.

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