The Submission

By Amy Waldman
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374271565, 299pp.)

Publication Date: August 16, 2011

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"Entertainment Weekly"'s Favorite Novel of 2011


"Esquire"'s 2011 Book of the Year
A "New York Times" Notable Book for 2011
A "Washington Post" Notable Fiction Book for 2011
One of NPR's 10 Best Novels of 2011


Ten years after 9/11, a 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.




About the Author
AMY WALDMAN was co-chief of the South Asia bureau of The New York Times and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. She has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and at the American Academy in Berlin. Her fiction has appeared in the Boston Review and is anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. She was born in Los Angeles, studied English at Yale, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow her on Twitter @amywaldman and become a fan on Facebook.


NPR
Monday, Aug 15, 2011

Amy Waldman's new novel, The Submission, centers on an anonymous competition to pick the design for a Sept. 11 memorial at ground zero รข?? and the furor that erupts when it's revealed that the winning designer is an American Muslim. More at NPR.org

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