Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

 

 

Those Who Knew by Idra Novey

"It's remarkable that a book like this, which doesn't remind me of anything I've ever read before, can feel so timely, and so grounded in our current reality.  On an island nation still reeling in the years after a brutal dictatorship, Lena is a young professor who fears that a powerful and respected senator - with whom she once had a relationship - is responsible for the death of one of his young female staffers.  Novey makes some really interesting choices - like setting the story in a fictional place - while she ponders ideas of justice and complicity. Original, powerful, well done. "  - Recommended by Erika
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560432
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Published: Viking - November 6th, 2018

On an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a U.S.-supported regime, Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who's been introducing him at rallies. When the young woman ends up dead, Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationship.


Why didn't Lena speak up then, and will her family's support of the former regime still impact her credibility? What if her hunch about this young woman's death is wrong?


What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country. Those Who Knew confirms Novey's place as an essential new voice in American fiction.