Amy Waldman - Author

About the Author

Amy Waldman was co-chief of the South Asia bureau of The New York Times. Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic and the Boston Review and is anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. This is her first novel.

Featured books by Amy Waldman

The Submission

The Submission

Author: Amy Waldman Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2011

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2011. Ten years after 9/11, this 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's 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 memorial's designer is an enigmatic, ambitious architect named Mohammad 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.

Other books by Amy Waldman

Der amerikanische Architekt

Der amerikanische Architekt

Author: Amy Waldman Format: eBook Release Date: 04/02/2013

Eine Jury hat sich in Manhattan versammelt, um den besten Entwurf einer Gedenkstatte fur die Opfer des Terroranschlags vom 11. September auszuwahlen. Nach langwierigen Beratungen und einem zahen Ringen um das richtige Konzept offnen die Juroren den Briefumschlag, der den Namen des bislang anonymen Gewinners enthalt - und sind schockiert. Der Architekt ist ein Muslim. Innerhalb der Jury setzt sich Claire Burwell am leidenschaftlichsten fr den umstrittenen Gewinner ein. Als Betroffene, die ihren Mann bei dem Attentat verlor, hat ihre Stimme besonderes Gewicht. Doch als die Entscheidung an die ffentlichkeit gelangt, gert Claire ins Visier entrsteter Familienangehriger und wird zur Zielscheibe sensationshungriger Journalisten, radikaler Aktivisten und ehrgeiziger Politiker. Nicht zuletzt bringt der so komplizierte wie begabte Architekt sie an ihre Grenzen. Amy Waldman zeichnet in ihrem furiosen Debt das Portrt einer zerrissenen Stadt, die bei dem Versuch, mit ihrer Verletzung umzugehen, die Chance auf ein erneuertes demokratisches Selbstverstndnis verspielt.

The Submission

The Submission

Author: Amy Waldman Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2012

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's 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. The memorial's designer is Mohammad Khan, an enigmatic, ambitious architect. His fiercest defender on the jury is its sole widow, the mediagenic Claire Burwell. But when the news of his selection leaks to the press, Claire finds herself under pressure from outraged family members and in collision with hungry journalists, wary activists, opportunistic politicians, fellow jurors, and Khan himself. 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.

Submission

Submission

Author: Amy Waldman Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

Claire Harwell hasn't settled into grief; events haven't let her. Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the widows who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe. She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack. Of the thousands of anonymous submissions that she and her fellow jurors examine, one transfixes Claire: a garden on whose walls the names of the dead are inscribed. But when the winning envelope is opened, they find the designer is Mohammad Khan-Mo-an enigmatic Muslim-American who, it seems, feels no need to represent anyone's beliefs except his own. When the design and its creator are leaked, a media firestorm erupts, and Claire finds herself trying to balance principles against emotions amid escalating tensions about the place of Islam in America. A remarkably bold and ambitious debut, The Submission is peopled with journalists, activists, mourners, and bureaucrats who struggle for advantage and fight for their ideals. In this deeply humane novel, the breadth of Amy Waldman's cast of characters is matched by her startling ability to conjure individual lives from their own points of view. A striking portrait of a city-and a country-fractured by old hatreds and new struggles, The Submission is a major novel by an important new talent.

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