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The Submission

by Amy Waldman

The plot of this debut novel is the commissioning of a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 disaster. The resultant conflicts of interest among the families and government officials is very well described as is the wave of anti-Muslin feeling which engulfed America. The characters are rather stereotypical and are secondary to the overall message of tolerance. An interesting novel which illuminates the prevailing social and political background.

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'Entitlement? Was that the word you used?' ... 'Was I entitled to lose my husband? Was I entitled to have to explain to my children why they will never know their father, to have to raise them alone? Am I entitled to live knowing the suffering my husband endured? This isn't about greed. Do your homework: I don't need a penny of this compensation and I don't plan to keep it. This isn't about money. It's about justice, accountability. And yes, I am entitled to that.'

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