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
The South St. Paul Book Discussion group has been enjoying lively discourse on books since January 2000. The group meets the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! The group meets in the library meeting room, and will often host an author or speaker to further enhance that month’s book selection.
Anyone interested in joining a book club is encouraged to come and meet other avid readers!