The Submission by Amy Waldman
Re-imagining 9/11 and its aftermath, Amy Waldman's provocative novel begins with a resonant scene: a jury gathers in Manhattan to choose a memorial for the victims of a devastating Islamic terrorist attack. After tense deliberations, they select the Garden, which features trees both living and made from salvaged steel.
Then the jury discovers that the anonymous architect who created the winning design is an American Muslim. The story unfolds to capture the reactions of committee members, the architect, and the American public. As the emotional rhetoric escalates, The Submission becomes a mesmerizing meditation on the human experience.