The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. Marlene tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and Noa's sentence, and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute the sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa is unwilling to trade: her story.
      Marlene desperately wants Noa to reveal the events that led to her daughter's death - events that Noa has never shared with a soul. With death looming, Marlene believes that Noa may finally give her the answers she needs, though Noa is far from convinced that Marlene deserves the salvation she alone can deliver. 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 in this haunting tale of love, anguish, and deception.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780385347433
Characteristics: 310 p.


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Oct 16, 2013

Scattered threads of stories come together, and you don't know how it will tie together until it ends, and it does. Starts slow, but builds into a complex narrative of complex lives.

Oct 15, 2013

What a struggle, even with ear buds & sleeping half the time. I agree with tdmenten1 & sjmitra.... clumsy, disjointed.

Aug 13, 2013

Wow! Gripping page-turner. No convenient endings here. A darker story that spins a wild tale.

Jul 25, 2013

Not only did the story not hold together, the writing was often clumsy with awkwardly constructed sentences and figurative language that felt randomly placed into the narrative. The characters are flat and in the end, it didn't matter who had done what to whom.


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Dec 02, 2013

"It's funny how undressed a smile can make you feel."

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