Speak No Evil
|Speak No Evil
In the long-anticipated novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, a revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences
Elegant and elegiac' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Guardian
On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, DC, he's a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer - an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except his best friend, Meredith - the one person who seems not to judge him.
When his father accidentally finds out, the fallout is brutal and swift. Coping with troubles of her own, however, Meredith finds that she has little left emotionally to offer him. As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding towards a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine. Neither will escape unscathed.Speak No Evil is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people.
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A memorable book from an important talent. Guardian
A finely observed coming-of-age story . . . an emotional eloquence that reveals the awful power of love and guilt. Mail on Sunday
The soul of Speak No Evil is the tortuous, exquisitely rendered relationship between Niru and his father. New Yorker
Tackling race, gender and violence, it's a sharp burst of emotion. Stylist