The Submission (Hardback)
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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 01/08/2011
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Ten years after 9/11, this dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermath. A jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack. Their fraught deliberations complete, the jurors open the envelope containing the anonymous winner's name - and discover he is an American Muslim. Instantly they are cast into roiling debate about the claims of grief, the ambiguities of art, and the meaning of Islam. Their conflicted response is only a preamble to the country's. The memorial's designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad Khan. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the self-possessed and mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, she finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself - as unknowable as he is gifted. In the fight for both advantage and their ideals, all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent question of how to remember, and understand, a national tragedy. In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman's cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure their perspectives. A striking portrait of a fractured city striving to make itself whole, "The Submission" is a piercing and resonant novel by an important new talent.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780434019328
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 30 mm

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“Interesting, but didn't feel involved”

In New York a specially-selected panel unanimously selects a memorial for the victims of a terrorist attack. When the winning architect is revealed, he is an American Muslim which splits the panel and the whole of... More

Paperback edition
16th September 2012
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“Interesting look at American society”

This book is about American reactions to a muslim man winning a competition to design a 9/11 memorial. It's a really interesting story with some believable and unbelievable characters. When I first started... More

Hardback edition
10th October 2011
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“The Submission”

I feel I should mention this isn't the type of book I normally read but it made a nice change. I loved that the book was based around real life but I felt it made the ending a little difficult because the book is... More

Paperback edition
12th August 2012
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