The library in our town, imitating Seattle, chooses a book each year for us to read together – the event is called “On the Same Page”. The stated intent is simply for us to read together as a community, though many times the book has had a diversity or multiculturally based theme, intending, I think, to help us better understand each other’s perspectives. The novel this year, The Submission, by Amy Waldman, certainly appears, on its face, to be a multicultural primer. It is the fictional account of a nominally Muslim architect winning the juried competition to design the memorial for 9/11 and the aftermath of that decision.
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