Currently Reading: The Submission

“something fresh, something painful, and something very high…”

Author: Amy Waldman

Genre: Modern, Drama, Age: All ages

Released: 5th July 2012 (UK version)

I’m taking a quick break from reading High Fantasy to check out some modern literature. I remember a couple of years ago, all I would read was the same genre, again and again. After a while, you feel that you’ve read every cliche and seen every character. Even the magic systems start to get old.

My advice is: test yourself! Read something you normally wouldn’t pick up. Judge something out of your comfort zone, and there’s nothing more out of my comfort zone that 9/11 stories.

They always seem to be depressing, but I have high hopes for this one. From the blurb, it’s inkling at a happy ending.


A 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.

The memorial’s designer is Mohammad Khan, an enigmatic, ambitious architect. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, Claire finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself.

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.


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