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The Submission by Amy Waldman
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Aug 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: subj-9-11
Read 2 times. Last read August 23, 2011 to August 25, 2011.

This could well be titled "Immolation of the Vanities" in that it mirrors the current age as did Tom Wolfe's 1987 exploration of greed and hubris of the 80's. The events surrounding a proposed memorial to the victims of 9/11 are personified by an extraordinarily rich cast of characters. Each is an embodiment of a different aspect of the attacks, but none are one dimensional. Their conficts and high emotional responses are recognizable and complicated. As described, events are set in motion due to the the winner of a closed contest for memorial design being an American born of Muslim parents. He bears the name Mohammed. The reader shifts focus inwardly when it is revealed that he goes by the name "Mo," and being Muslim has not featured significantly in his life until now. Waldman is a passionate writer who delves deeply into the subjects of racism, personal ambitions, grief and pride without ever resorting to cliche. Highly recommended.
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Peace Lover Thanks for your wonderful review, will mark it to read. I recently read "The Sweetness of Tears" by Nafisa Haj (info at nafisahaji.com) in which Jo March, from a devout Christian family uncovers that her biological Father is Muslim, setting her off to an unlikey quest across boundaries of language, culture, and religion. It's a haunting and healing tale of "American" self-discovery post 9/11. I highly recommend it !

Kasa Cotugno Thank you for this recommendation. I will read Sweetness of Tears per your comments. Interesting that the protagonist is named Jo March.

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Peace Lover Super, I'll be interested in your take on it. Thanks

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