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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.

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.

©2018 Uzodinma Iweala (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Dreams Betrayed

"Speak No Evil" by Uzodinma Iweala is a very well written book about what could happen to any family in today's America. Social changes are almost always ahead of society's norms, the law, and justice.

Beautifully framed, "Speak No Evil" engages with ceaseless. It is an awakening reminder that no matter how high up in the food chain you think and know you are; with whatever dignity you think you hold yourself, assume you deserve, or consideration you think your humanity warrants, if you a black in America you may just be viewed through stereotypical lenses that may make you, without your awareness, a breathing  and walking statistic.

Regardless of changing times, racism, be it as ignorance or malice, still discolours minds, hearts, and souls. It is a hypocrisy that defies the basic belief that peopleare the same before the law, that honesty is a virtue. Gut wrenching. A tragedy