Friday, June 7, 2013
The Submission by Amy Waldman
A blue ribbon panel has been appointed to select a fitting memorial to be erected in memory of 9/11. As the panel considers submissions from various architects, they discuss the plans by number: the identity of the designers are kept secret in another location. After much debate, a design for the memorial is selected, and the architect's name is revealed. And he is Muslim. Born and raised in America, apolitical, but nonetheless Muslim.
What should they do? Refuse him the prize? Change their minds? Ask him to submit under another name? Of course, news of the selection is leaked, and becomes front page news.
An intriguing book: so much to think about and it will be excellent for book groups.
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