ABOUT THE BOOK
TEN YEARS AFTER 9/11, A DAZZLING,
KALEIDOSCOPIC NOVEL REIMAGINES ITS AFTERMATH
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 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 memorials designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad Mo 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 Waldmans 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.
The Submission, Amy Waldmans first novel, was published in 2011. It was named a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN First Fiction Award; a New York Times Notable Book for 2011; one of National Public Radios Ten Best Novels; Esquires Book of the Year; Entertainment Weekly‘s #1 Novel for the Year; a Washington Post Notable Fiction Book; and one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books and top ten debut fiction. It was a finalist for the Guardian (UK) First Book Award and was long listed for the Orange Prize. It has been or will be published in Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands.
Amys fiction also has appeared in the Atlantic, the Boston Review and the Financial Times, and was anthologized in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2010.
Amy was a reporter for The New York Times for eight years, including three as co-chief of the New Delhi bureau. She was also a national correspondent for the Atlantic.
She graduated from Yale University and has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and at the American Academy in Berlin. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.
The Submission has been selected as the book for One Book One New Paltz. It is available at Barner Books and can also be ordered online (for either pick up at the shop or we will mail it).