What would happen if the winning designer of the 9/11 memorial was a Muslim? In this provocative, deeply resonant debut, Amy Waldman imagines the frenzy as the news spirals outward to inflame politicians, reporters, bloggers, lawyers, Muslim activists, and the victims’ families—the relatives of a firefighter, the wife of an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant who worked as a janitor in the Twin Towers. Then there’s the artist himself, the enigmatic Mohammad “Mo” Kahn, an architectural whiz-kid and the child of secular Indian immigrants from suburban Virginia. The Submission (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26) is a blistering social commentary and a vivid tapestry of post-9/11 New York, but it’s Waldman’s complex, humane characters who keep the pages turning.

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Justin Torres’s slender, spare debut novel is the story of three mixed-race brothers growing up amid the chaos of their dysfunctional family in New York. The prose is clean, evocative, and purposeful, recounting the boys’ coming-of-age experiences in a series of vignettes. We The Animals (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18) manages to tackle the underside of family life, the complexities of sibling relationships, and a few other social taboos with emotion at once raw and deeply touching. I loved this book and am excited to have been introduced to Justin Torres, an exciting and talented new addition to the literary scene.

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National Book Award-winner Denis Johnson’s compact and intense Train Dreams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18) tells the story of Robert Granier, who spent his life from the early 1900s through the early 1960s working on lumber crews in Idaho and Montana.  After losing his wife and daughter in a fire, Granier led a mostly solitary life homesteading and dealing with the enormous changes taking place around him, such as the advent of the automobile and the airplane. Rather than tell the story of a man’s life in exhaustive detail, Johnson captures the totality of Granier’s life by detailing just a few experiences over the course of his lifetime. Granier never lets go of the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, and their passing merges in his mind with local folklore. Johnson’s character study reveals the essence of an ordinary man, and in that very ordinariness lies his glory.

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