Amy Waldman “The Submission”
September 6th, 2011
After a devastating, 9/11-like attack, a panel is assembled to screen blind submissions in a competition to design a memorial to the victims of the attack, in Amy Waldman‘s debut novel “The Submission.”
After long and heart-rending debate, the panel agrees on a winning design. The envelope containing the winner’s name is opened – and the panel realizes, with shock and surprise and, for some, horror and disgust, that the designer they’ve chosen is a Muslim-American.
As Waldman imagines the public reaction – spanning the gamut from political to religious to cultural to patriotic – her characters, and her readers, are required to reassess no less than what it means to be an American.
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