- Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 299 p. ; 24 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Fiction. -- Social aspects
- Memorials -- Fiction. -- Designs and plans
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"When a Muslim architect wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial, a city of eleven million people takes notice. Waldman, a former bureau chief for the New York Times, explores a diversity of viewpoints around this fictional event, bringing in politicians, businessmen, journalists, activists, and normal people whose lives--whether by happenstance, choice, or even due to their country of origin--get caught up in the controversy. Incredibly, she manages to keep all the balls in the air without ever fumbling. The story is moving and keeps the pages turning, but there are also bigger themes at work: of individuals versus groups; about the purpose of art, commerce, government, and journalism in society; of how people respond to grief and terror. The result is honest, compelling, and breathtaking."--Chris Schluep, Amazon Best Book of the Month.