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The Submission by Amy Waldman


Amy Waldman’s debut novel “The Submission” was published ten years after the cataclysmic events that pulverised the very symbol of American supremacy- the World Trade Center. 9/11 is described as the darkest day in modern History.

The Submission is a beautifully written work of fiction, and depicts the aftermath faced the world over and especially in America by Muslims, irrespective of who they were and how they had contributed towards the fabric of the society they were part of, prior to the great American tragedy.

The story starts two years after the devastation. When it is revealed that the winner of the 9/11 memorial contest is an American Muslim architect, the American society is shaken up with fear, mistrust, accusations and violence.

“Mo”, Mohammad Khan, who up until the change in the American perspective was an average American, an average New Yorker, finds himself questioning his own perception of Islam. A non- practiser, he feels the swell of Allah-hu Akbar for a brief moment when his integrity and Americanness is questioned.

Amy Waldman’s experience as a journalist for The New York Times, South Asia Bureau, gives her the edge to portray this human story in an unbiased, thought provoking and humane manner. Her perspective gives the reader a clear picture of the widespread effect the events had.

The writing style is captivating and raises questions on how most judge and generalise situations and reactions based on religion, nationalities and communal sensibilities and in turn, entangle the situation further.

One wonders how this would end. And thankfully, Amy Waldman doesn’t disappoint. Without giving out more, all I can say is that the end of the story is what will touch you most and stay with you for some time.

A must read!!!

The Submission
Amy Waldman
Random House
320 pages
Rating 5/5

About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on February 19, 2015 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction and tagged , .
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