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9 best books of August: Amazon editors' favorite picks

- Monitor Staff

The Submission, by Amy Waldman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 320 pp.

2. The Submission, by Amy Waldman

In The Submission, novelist Amy Waldman takes us to the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, as a jury convenes to reveal the identity of the anonymous winner of a design contest for a memorial for the victims. The architect turns out to a be Muslim, sparking a conflict that rages across the nation and forces Americans to question their perspectives on grief, art, Islam, and forgiveness.

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