Entertainment Weekly’s Favorite Novel of 2011 Esquire’s 2011 Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book for 2011A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011One of NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011Ten years after 9/11, a dazzling, kaleidoscopic novel reimagines its aftermathA jury gathers in... show more
Entertainment Weekly’s Favorite Novel of 2011 Esquire’s 2011 Book of the Year A New York Times Notable Book for 2011A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book for 2011One of NPR’s 10 Best Novels of 2011Ten years after 9/11, 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 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.
Publish date: August 16th 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 300
Edition language: English
Struggling to review this, but it certainly makes you think... deeply and at length. Certainly one of the best books of the last few years and a brilliant achievement for a debut novel.
Despite a very good ending, I didn't enjoy this book. The premise was very interesting, and I wanted to like it, which is the reason I continued reading, but I didn't like or care about any of the characters. Their motivations were weak and inconsistant.I have more thoughts on this, but that's about...
First sentence: "'The names,', Claire said, 'what about the names?'"P. 99: "There was something about the woman - a moral astringency - that begged both confession and challenge."Last sentence: "With a pile of stones, he had written a name." From BookDepository: A jury gathers in Manhattan to sel...
In trying to assign a number of stars to this book, I was in a quandary. If it was on content, I would probably give it no more than a 3; an engaging quick read, on the surface, it seems to simply be a replay of some old themes surrounding 9/11. However, after completing the book and thinking about...
"Fairfax Reads" selection for 2012.