2013 Common Read
The Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce its 2013-2014 selection, Amy Waldman’s The Submission, published in 2011.
The Submission is a work of fiction. Set in New York City, the novel is about perspectives and tensions in the wake of 9/11. It raises broad questions about identity, respect, and belonging; uses of public space and the nature of art; and the behaviors of politicians and the media. It particularly explores Muslim-American identities and experiences after 2001.
The Submission is Amy Waldman’s first novel. The book was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year, An Entertainment Weekly Best Novel of the Year, an NPR Top Ten Novel of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Fiction Book, and Esquire Book of the Year. Waldman worked previously as a New York Times reporter, an Atlantic correspondent, and a writer of short fiction and non-fiction. The book website is www.thesubmissionnovel.com.
Copies of the book are available through the campus Barnes and Noble bookstore, which is offering a discount to all students, faculty, and staff.