Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

"For a barely 200-page book, Iweala's story made me feel a LOT of things. Teenage best friends Niru and Meredith are privileged kids with bright futures ahead of them.  But when Niru comes out as gay to Meredith, the fallout affects his relationship with his conservative Nigerian family, and eventually, his kinship with Meredith too.  Iweala's writing is razor-sharp and so emotionally honest that it huts sometomes.  But it;s the kind of hurt that makes fora beautiful, important read."  - Recommended by Erika

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ISBN: 9780061284922
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Published: Harper - March 6th, 2018

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, 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.