What would happen if the winning designer of the 9/11 memorial was a Muslim? In this provocative, deeply resonant debut, Amy Waldman imagines the frenzy as the news spirals outward to inflame politicians, reporters, bloggers, lawyers, Muslim activists, and the victims’ families—the relatives of a firefighter, the wife of an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant who worked as a janitor in the Twin Towers. Then there’s the artist himself, the enigmatic Mohammad “Mo” Kahn, an architectural whiz-kid and the child of secular Indian immigrants from suburban Virginia. The Submission (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26) is a blistering social commentary and a vivid tapestry of post-9/11 New York, but it’s Waldman’s complex, humane characters who keep the pages turning.
(This book cannot be returned.)