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Entertainment Weekly's Favorite Novel of 2011 Esuire'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 911 a dazzling kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermathA 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 c. A nation s tragedy brings out the best and the worst in its citizens Amy Waldman places her story at the center of America s tragedy two years after the devastation A contest for a 911 memorial where the World Trade Center once stood brings to a boil all the simmering hurt and mistrust and fear about the future What is it that causes this firestorm of media distortion and political posturing What revelation leads to threats and accusations and even violence Just a name The name of the contest winner Mo is as American as can be He s an architect born and raised in Virginia His immigrant parents proudly gave him the name of a beloved prophet Never would they have imagined that a few decades later that name would become like poison to many Americans Mo is Mohammad Khan A Muslim name Suddenly his design The Garden becomes suspect and the selection committee backpedals on its decision This story felt so real that it sometimes made my heart ache for my country my world my species How easily we let ourselves be distracted led away from the harmony we say we want When the media and special interest groups push our buttons they can make us forget why we ve come together and what we hoped to accomplish The voices of reason and reconciliation are often the most gentle and the hardest to hear amid the din of controversy It s challenging to give a plausible ending to a novel with real life parallels This book poses uestions than it answers which is as it should be Given the complexity of the issues I think Waldman found a strong and believable finish Our hope for the younger generations is powerful Those who are too young to remember September 11 2001 and its aftermath may be our best chance for a balanced perspective and ultimately for healing PHP Pocket Reference for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack Their Winds of Enchantment fear about the The Odds Against future What is it that causes this Tokyo Kill firestorm of media distortion and political posturing What revelation leads to threats and accusations and even violence Just a name The name of the contest winner Mo is as American as can be He s an architect born and raised in Virginia His immigrant parents proudly gave him the name of a beloved prophet Never would they have imagined that a Unbroken The Reaper Diaries few decades later that name would become like poison to many Americans Mo is Mohammad Khan A Muslim name Suddenly his design The Garden becomes suspect and the selection committee backpedals on its decision This story Bhishma an Enigma felt so real that it sometimes made my heart ache The Art of Loving for my country my world my species How easily we let ourselves be distracted led away Jack Kerouac from the harmony we say we want When the media and special interest groups push our buttons they can make us Reputation found a strong and believable Alfablot finish Our hope Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) for the younger generations is powerful Those who are too young to remember September 11 2001 and its aftermath may be our best chance Heads of the Colored People for a balanced perspective and ultimately

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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 uestion of how to remember and understand a national tragedyIn 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 talen. This is one of the best novels I ve read in years The book is so well plotted and thoughtful that at times I forgot it was fiction It s set in 2003 when a committee is selecting a design for a 911 memorial in New York City The competition was anonymous and a firestorm erupts when it s learned that the winning designer was a Muslim American The book follows several different people a newspaper reporter a wealthy 911 widow the chairman of the memorial committee the Muslim architect an illegal immigrant who is also a 911 widow and the brother of a firefighter killed in the tower collapseMost of the families of the 911 victims do not want a Muslim designing their memorial Broadcasters and columnists uestion whether the architect is a terrorist sympathizer The truth is that the architect wanted to create a memorial that would help heal the victims but few would bother to listen to himI think I reacted so strongly to the book because of its portrayal of how divided America has become especially in the polarizing rhetoric of the politicians and the media The book is filled with characters who are trying to do good or what they think is right but from the reader s omniscient perspective the actions and motives are uestionable The story is haunting not just because of what happened on 911 but because of everything that has happened since The Sharpe Companion The Early Years fight Tantra y salchicha. La vía sabrosa al sexo sagrado for both advantage and their ideals all will bring the emotional weight of their own histories to bear on the urgent uestion of how to remember and understand a national tragedyIn 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 Textbook of Clinical Hemodynamics fractured city striving to make itself whole The Submission is a piercing and resonant novel by an important new talen. This is one of the best novels I ve read in years The book is so well plotted and thoughtful that at times I Down and Out in Paris and London fiction It s set in 2003 when a committee is selecting a design PHP Pocket Reference follows several different people a newspaper reporter a wealthy 911 widow the chairman of the memorial committee the Muslim architect an illegal immigrant who is also a 911 widow and the brother of a Winds of Enchantment few would bother to listen to himI think I reacted so strongly to the book because of its portrayal of how divided America has become especially in the polarizing rhetoric of the politicians and the media The book is The Odds Against filled with characters who are trying to do good or what they think is right but Tokyo Kill from the reader s omniscient perspective the actions and motives are uestionable The story is haunting not just because of what happened on 911 but because of everything that has happened since

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Ast 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'sThe 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. Blurbiosity overkillNow if I had picked this one up in a bookstore it would never have carried me to the checkout For why For because when you look into the first few pages of a book these days fair enough you do expect to see not the publication details dedication epigraph and opening page but first to be forced to hack your way through the choking jungle of gush you know the style exciting extraordinary exhilarating exceptional Thought provoking an absolute minimum reuirement rather than praise I d have said Accomplished why yes for here it is in my hands Oh that doesn t just mean it s finished I did a very uick and statistically insignificant survey of the books lying within easy reach Alice Munro back cover only None inside Christopher Clark back cover and one page inside Thomas Mann can dispense with such vulgarity entirely I suspect there is a direct correlation between how well established and respected a writer already is and how much blurbiness needs to get rolled out Two pages new writer we re a little concerned that no one has heard of her Three or four pages we re deeply insecure about this one Five pages indicates a grave case of the jitters and six is well positively needy The euivalent of the security blanket and a reassuring suck of the thumbBut this one is right off the scale We ve gone way way past tense and troubled Before you even get to To my parents aaaw there are no fewer than eleven pages of Praise for The Submission Let me say that again Eleven pages Plus uotes on the inside cover plus three on the back cover Eleven pages That isn t persuasion that is harassment That is intimidation That is bludgeoning the audacious blogger into submission You wouldn t dare would you disagree with ALL the prestigious British broadsheets with Salon Vogue and Marie Claire with Kirkus Review Booklist and Publisher s Weekly With The Washington Post and deep intake of breath Michiko Kakatuni in The New York Times You a mere amateur could not possibly be so presumptuous as to claim to know better than these august professionals Well yes I could Is anyone surprisedNaturally I can only prove a point by finding fault so imagine my initial disappointment when I had to admit that there was really uite a lot right with this novel The writing is sharp and fresh the basic premise is not entirely without interest and Ms Waldman a journalist herself is unafraid indeed reckless in her eagerness to do the dirty on one of her gild who manipulates and manoeuvres distorts and deceives and betrays with little concern for the collateral damage But I was soon most gratified to find that the story began to drag When you get to chapter 8 and 9 and there are yet new characters turning up then you begin to wonder uite where this is going to go The trouble is this is a novel of ideas and ambitious too So every single nuance of opinion on both sides of the dividing line has to be represented And I m afraid that is where the people remained in the debating club representing a Point of View They never got legs and ran Which of course begs a uestion had Michiko Kakatuni been knocked senseless on the day she compared The Submission favourably to The Bonfire of the Vanities No no no Although the publishers included every review they could find it goes without saying that they selected their passages very carefully Let me insert what they omitted she lacks Richard Price s pitch perfect ear for dialogue and instinctive sense of pacing or the evolution of Claire s thinking about the memorial may not make that much sense to the reader this and the cartoony portrait of Alyssa are the novel s two big flaws Funny that Eleven pages but no room for those remarks Alfablot 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 Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) finds herself under pressure Heads of the Colored People from outraged The Syrian 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pages we re deeply insecure about this one Five pages indicates a grave case of the jitters and six is well positively needy The euivalent of the security blanket and a reassuring suck of the thumbBut this one is right off the scale We ve gone way way past tense and troubled Before you even get to To my parents aaaw there are no The Substitute Bride fewer than eleven pages of Praise The English Wife for The Submission Let me say that again Eleven pages Plus uotes on the inside cover plus three on the back cover Eleven pages That isn t persuasion that is harassment That is intimidation That is bludgeoning the audacious blogger into submission You wouldn t dare would you disagree with ALL the prestigious British broadsheets with Salon Vogue and Marie Claire with Kirkus Review Booklist and Publisher s Weekly With The Washington Post and deep intake of breath Michiko Kakatuni in The New York Times You a mere amateur could not possibly be so presumptuous as to claim to know better than 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About the Author: Amy Waldman

Amy Waldman is the author of two novels A Door in the Earth which will be published August 27 2019 and The Submission which was a national bestseller a PENHemingway Award finalist and the #1 Book of the Year for Entertainment Weekly and Esuire She has received fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin Ledig House for International Writers the MacDowell Colony and the Radcliffe I



10 thoughts on “The Submission

  1. says:

    A nation's tragedy brings out the best and the worst in its citizens Amy Waldman places her story at the center of America's tragedy two year

  2. says:

    The premise is so intriguing What would happen if a nation wide contest to design the 911 Memorial was held and the blind judging panel picked a Muslim winner?SPOILERS AHOY AHOYAmy Waldman's story unravels realistically The media churns out drivel and instigates controversy The panel collapse into themselves with over thinking and uber PC dialogue The winner broods and employs lawyers to get a fair shake at the prestige of honorin

  3. says:

    Set in New York City 2 years on from the twin towers massacre A competition is held to design a memorial for the victims It is won by an American Moslem One hell of a story line which runs and runs It explores the

  4. says:

    This novel came in for me during the weekend of 911 Being the 10th anniversary of the attack I looked forward to reading it over the weekend I was very disappointedIt begins two years after the September 11th attacks and a jury has been assembled to select a WTC memorial from thousands of submissions that are ano

  5. says:

    I finished reading this book The Submission a couple of days ago but wanted to take some time to think about it If you assign ratings to books based on the emotions it elicits then this book should definitely be assigned 5 stars The story takes place in Manhattan a couple of years after the terrorist attacks on 9112001 A panel is charged with choosing a memorial from the plans which had been submittedThis process was a blind pro

  6. says:

    Blurbiosity overkillNow if I had picked this one up in a bookstore it would never have carried me to the checkout For why? For because when you look into the first few pages of a book these days fair enough you do expect to see not the publication details dedication epigraph and opening page but first to be forced to hack your way through the choking jungle of gush you know the style exciting extraordinary exhilarating exceptiona

  7. says:

    Although I was once a New Yorker and had family members on the scene of 911 in NY and DC all thankfully safe I am not a 911 obsessive or fanatic Both My Former Hometowns Were Terrorized and I All I Got Was Two Wars the Patriot Act and This Lousy T Shirt Like a low key take on Bonfire of the Vanities heavy on compassion and easy on the sarcasm Waldman's wonderful what if tale what if a Muslim won the 911 Memorial competi

  8. says:

    A Muslim American named Mohammad Mo Khan wins a blind design contest for NYC's WTC memorial? That premise alone tells Amy Waldman's debut novel is a work of fiction but the events that swirl around the submissio

  9. says:

    This is one of the best novels I've read in years The book is so well plotted and thoughtful that at times I forgot it was fiction It's set in 2003 when a committee is selecting a design for a 911 memorial in New York City The competition was anonymous and a firestorm erupts when it's learned that the winning designer was a Muslim A

  10. says:

    I felt this book on a visceral level It sucked me in lit a rage fire in my belly drove me up the wall and broke my heart A panoramic depiction of a series of fictional post 911 events this is an important book for Americans to read And don't let the adjective important trick you into thinking this is anywhere in the same universe as boring I ripped through this motherf er like it was HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Recommend

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