The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver
A Novel

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5 Critic Reviews

...her legal background lends to the realism and the pathos of Noa’s circumstances. Like most lawyer/novelists, Silver permits herself some legal grandstanding...but she allows Noa to unfold her unusual tale with candor and dignity.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive
 
      Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. 
   Meanwhile, Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. She claims to have changed her mind about the death penalty and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute Noa's sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa can trade: her story. Marlene desperately wants to understand the events that led to her daughter’s death—events that only Noa knows of and has never shared. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human.

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About Elizabeth L. Silver

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ELIZABETH L. SILVER was born in New Orleans in 1978 and currently lives in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is her first novel.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Broadway Books. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Execution of Noa P. Singleton
All: 5 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

This devastating read stands less as a polemic against the death penalty than as a heartbreaking brief for the preciousness of life.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by ManoflaBook.com on Jun 19 2013

The book’s dark tones and story will stay with the reader after one turns over the last page.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 31 2013

...Silver explores convolutions of guilt and innocence beyond the law’s narrow scope with a sharpness and attention to detail that can be unnerving but demands attention.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Tom Zelman on Jul 20 2013

...her legal background lends to the realism and the pathos of Noa’s circumstances. Like most lawyer/novelists, Silver permits herself some legal grandstanding...but she allows Noa to unfold her unusual tale with candor and dignity.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by John Delaney on Aug 28 2013

Unfortunately, instead of executing a flawless, sharp-as-a-knife screenplay with complimentary placeholders for full-color glossy headshots, Silver translated a made-for-TV movie into a muddled, contradictory novel with mixed, uneven results.

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