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The Submission by Amy Waldman
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Nov 13, 11

Read in November, 2011

A very interesting plot -- a committee is charged with selecting the design of a 9/11 memorial, and after they select the winner they discover that he is a Muslim. The ethical and political dilemma that follows is engrossing and complex. The characters are interesting and fluid, like real people, and the plot moves swiftly. The story really made me think; the dilemma is not as clear-cut as you'd initially think, especially because the key characters do not fit expectations. For example, the all-American Muslim architect is unwilling to denounce the 9/11 attacks and also unwilling to say that his design is NOT a veiled representation of "the Muslim paradise." So, "he won it, he gets the award" is harder to say. And especially when the families of the victims (and the American public in general) are totally against his design. So what does one do?

This book is worth a read, and worthy of being discussed with friends. Not a four or 5 star book for me because it is just straight-forward writing, no lines to linger over, no lines begging to be read outloud. 5 star story, 3 star writing.
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