Posted by Book Mavens on February 7th, 2012
Title: The Submission
Author: Amy Waldman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Summary/Review: The Submission by Amy Waldman is a thought provoking, provocative work of fiction that stays with you long after you have finished the last page. The setting is 2 years after the 9/11 tragedy and a committee has been formed to find a design for a memorial at the site. The committee consists of various artists, government representatives and a member who lost her husband in the towers. The submissions are all anonymous and after finally agreeing on a design for the memorial it is revealed that the architect is an American Muslim. This is where the book really kicks in and you begin an emotional roller coaster. Waldman was a reporter for the New York Times for 8 years including a stint in the South Asia bureau. She is able to make you see many points of view through her various and varied characters and she forces you to confront your own feelings and prejudices that resulted from the attack on 9/11.
Who will like this? Readers who like their books to have many points of view and readers who are not afraid to confront difficult and controversial topics.
If you like this, try this: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Recommended by: Claudia, Technical Services Assistant
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