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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011: Amy Waldman has performed a rare and dangerous feat in writing an airtight, multi-viewed, highly readable post-9/11 novel. When a Muslim architect wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial, a city of eleven million people takes notice. Waldman, a former bureau chief for the New York Times, explores a diversity of viewpoints around this fictional event, bringing in politicians, businessmen, journalists, activists, and normal people whose lives--whether by happenstance, choice, or even due to their country of origin--get caught up in the controversy. Incredibly, she manages to keep all the balls in the air without ever fumbling. The story is moving and keeps the pages turning, but there are also bigger themes at work: of individuals versus groups; about the purpose of art, commerce, government, and journalism in society; of how people respond to grief and terror. The result is honest, compelling, and breathtaking.--Chris Schluep--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Then, it seemed to move in the most predictable manner with characters that I care little about, so I quit for the umpteenth time.
Amy Waldman has written an incredibly timely, beautiful, and challenging novel that forces the reader to challenge themselves and their perceptions.
This novel forces the reader to think about prejudice, racism, and the way we hide behind others rather than standing up for our true beliefs.
The author did a great job of getting into the mind of the main character. I found myself cheering for him to keep doing "the right thing". Read morePublished 18 hours ago by chicagoguy
an excellent novel - so true to real life. A wonderful study in grief, guilt, racial profiling, and the artistic temperament.Published 8 days ago by Bonnie Zacher
This author needs an editor, stop the use of words simply to look "literary," and make the reader actually care about the main characters.Published 18 days ago by Karen Blackley
Wonderful and thought provoking book! A quick read as well. You won't soon forget it and is perfect for a book club selection.Published 1 month ago by Irma Rosado-Christ
An extremely well written book. There were no loose ends. Everyone will be as astounded by the ending as I and all the members of my book club were.Published 1 month ago by Grammie Mona
This was a fascinating story and could not put it down.
Well worth the time to read, a great holiday book!!
Clever twists that deepen character profiles. Useful epilogue that satisfied the reader's need for closure for the main characters' fates.Published 2 months ago by C. A. Wise
The Submission is well-written and provocative. Hard to put down. Leaves you thinking... it arrived on time and in fine shapePublished 2 months ago by mark twain
We never do get to fully understand the main character. He enters a contest to build a memorial to the 9/11 victims. When it gets out that he is a Moslem all Hell breaks loose. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eve Feinstein