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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This devastating read stands less as a polemic against the death penalty than as a heartbreaking brief for the preciousness of life.Read Full Review of The Execution of Noa P. Singl... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
The book’s dark tones and story will stay with the reader after one turns over the last page.Read Full Review of The Execution of Noa P. Singl... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
...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.Read Full Review of The Execution of Noa P. Singl... | See more reviews from Kirkus
...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.Read Full Review of The Execution of Noa P. Singl... | See more reviews from Star Tribune
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.Read Full Review of The Execution of Noa P. Singl... | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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