The Submission, By Amy Waldman


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When a jury gathers in Manhattan to select a memorial for the victims of a devastating terrorist attack, there's little consensus about which project should go ahead.

But when it's revealed that the winning entry has been designed by an American Muslim the country is plunged into a fierce debate about the competing claims of grief, art and the meaning of Islam.

Written with authority and panache, Waldman, a former New York Times correspondent, explores the interplay between public and private ideals.

The architect's most passionate defender turns out to be the one bereaved member of the panel.