Speak No Evil, the sophomore novel from Uzodinma Iweala, the author of the critically-acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, is one of the most anticipated novels of 2018. It is a March Indie Next Pick, a Barnes and Noble March Best New Fiction pick, and included in numerous most anticipated lists including The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Millions, Bustle, and more.
On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he’s a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, 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 Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders—and the one person who seems not to judge him.
When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, 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 toward 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. It is a heart-wrenching and timely story that will make you want to talk about it.
Read an excerpt here.