The Submission

The Submission

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The Submission by Amy Waldman, Bernadette Dunne


Claire Harwell hasn't settled into grief; events haven't let her. Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the widows who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe. She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack. Of the thousands of anonymous submissions that she and her fellow jurors examine, one transfixes Claire: a garden on whose walls the names of the dead are inscribed. But when the winning envelope is opened, they find the designer is Mohammad Khan—Mo—an enigmatic Muslim-American who, it seems, feels no need to represent anyone's beliefs except his own. When the design and its creator are leaked, a media firestorm erupts, and Claire finds herself trying to balance principles against emotions amid escalating tensions about the place of Islam in America.

A remarkably bold and ambitious debut, The Submission is peopled with journalists, activists, mourners, and bureaucrats who struggle for advantage and fight for their ideals. In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman's cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure individual lives from their own points of view. A striking portrait of a city—and a country—fractured by old hatreds and new struggles, The Submission is a major novel by an important new talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609986599
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

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The Submission 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique way of re-examining the events following 9/11 through the eyes of a variety of people affected by this tragedy. Stereotypes do us a disservice - this novel reveals real people behind the labels.
chloesmomst More than 1 year ago
This book is set ten years after 9/11. A jury in Manhattan has been assigned the task of selecting a memorial for the victims of the 9/11 attack. Sometimes while reading this book, I felt as though the characters were so real, I should be able to google them and find out more about them. Amy Waldman develops the characters in a heart wrenching and real manner. The conflict of the beautiful submission of an Islamic architect and the jury is only one small conflict. There are conflicts within the families of the victims, between the victim families and within the City of New York. The submission process is questioned, the validity of the jury is questioned, and the strength of American foundation is put to the test. Politicians and journalists cloud the process. This book shows the struggles of people, fighting for their ideals under the urgent quetion of how to remember a national tragedy. This would be a wonderful book club selection.
TangoYankee More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent novel highlighting cultural and religious differences. In a country, and at a time, where many want to impose their own values on different societies, this book improves understanding and shows how unwise and futile those efforts will be. The only negative that I perceived is the author's propensity to use words that require looking up in a dictionary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gripping.
elephantLP More than 1 year ago
Well written, compelling story. On target with the crazies in this country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is worth the read. There are a lot of interesting characters and the best and worst of human behavior definitely comes out. I shifted from loving certain characters to despising them by the end. Fascinating and well-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Couldn't put it down
deannanel More than 1 year ago
In this thoughtful book, the author tackles a topic that is very important and came to an ugly head while she was probably in the process of writing the book. It certainly makes us think about what kind of a country we want to be and if we can ever get beyond the individual fiefdoms that rule our existence these days and work together as a united people. It would be a great book club book. Lots of discussion value.
LisaWLW More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I'm wondering still what choice I would make!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book I will have to read again...feel like I missed some points along the way...a fascinating read...
Wilburzmom More than 1 year ago
This would be a great book for book clubs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read with complex characters.
kweenbea More than 1 year ago
Such a compelling story. Definitely opens up a new perspective and once again reminds me that every action creates a reaction. Just a fantastic book
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JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
It’s somewhat difficult to review *The Submission* as a novel, since it quite deftly eludes classification as any specific type of currently popular genre. It certainly doesn’t fit under the heading of political thrillers or epic tales, yet it certainly would fit right into any category that might be considered tangential to either of those well-established genres. What we have here, you see, is a good old-fashioned Novel of Ideas, almost an allegory, in which just about every character represents a distinct philosophy or ideology or point of view about A Very Important Event. In this case, that event happens to be the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001 and the subsequent effort to create a fitting memorial to the event. Waldman does not miss an angle here—she considers everything from the sentiments of the victims’ families to the democratic process of selecting a design to our current (or is it longstanding?) cultural obsession for memorializing everything to the need to honor and respect diversity—and the likely impossibility of balancing all of these elements to the satisfaction of all involved. On these counts, Waldman succeeds brilliantly. Her story demonstrates her profound understanding of the issues involved in this story. But she doesn’t quite hit the mark when it comes to creating and developing strong characters. If you’re willing to sacrifice character development for nuanced themes, you’ll probably enjoy this book just a bit more than I did. For my tastes, I had hoped for more thoroughly three-dimensional characters to carry this thorny plot along.
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