A committee has chosen a memorial to honor the victims of 9/11. After the winner is chosen, his identity is revealed. He is a Muslim American.
So begins this gut-wrenching story of, as one reviewer put is, the politics of grief. It is the ultimate no-win situation for all parties concerned. What has been intended to be a garden of homage to victims and a place of peace for all Americans, is used by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike to reinforce their mutual fear and mistrust of each other.
As events take a predictable course, Mohammad Khan, the winning architect, remains maddeningly elusive, refusing to do or say anything to allay concerns that the garden is something other than what it appears to be on the surface. Raised as an American, he has never been called upon to defend either his patriotism or his prodigious talent. His continued refusal to placate people now alienates the very people who champion him.
While I had some issues with cardboard characters at times, this book is provocative and well worth reading.