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Cover TextA 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.
SummaryClaire Harwell verlor bei den Anschlägen des 11. September ihren Mann. Nun 2 Jahre später, widmet sie sich mit anderen Hinterbliebenen dem Gedenken an die Opfer von damals und sitzt in einer Jury, die einen anonymen Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung eines Mahnmals in Auftrag gegeben hat. Doch der Gewinner des Wettbewerbs stellt sich als gläubiger Moslem heraus, was die Öffentlichkeit und die Presse zu einem Sturm der Entrüstung veranlasst. Die Wunden von damals sind nicht verheilt und Claire muß sich mit der Frage auseinandersetzen, ob sie wirklich der Mensch geworden ist, der sie sein wollte.Longlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award - an astonishing debut novel from a major new voice in American fiction
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ISBN/GTIN978-0-09-952824-1
Product TypePaperback
BindingPaperback
FormatB-format paperback
Publishing year2012
Publishing date15/06/2012
Pages416 pages
LanguageEnglish
SizeWidth 131 mm, Height 201 mm, Thickness 27 mm
Weight297 g
Article no.12621443

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PrefaceLonglisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award - an astonishing debut novel from a major new voice in American fiction
Critique"Exceptional debut ... a tale of complexity and tension...Waldman's prose is almost always pitch-perfect ... The characters are wholly realised and believable as individuals, but they also stand in for stories and conflicts that go beyond their own lives." Kamila Shamsie Guardian, Book of the Week

Author

Amy Waldman, Jahrgang 1969, leitete das Südasien-Büro der New York Times und war dort Korrespondentin für The Atlantic. Ihre Erzählungen erschienen in The Atlantic, im Boston Review und wurden in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 aufgenommen. Sie lebt in Brooklyn.