By Elizabeth L. Silver
An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the tales we inform ourselves to survive
Noa P. Singleton by no means spoke a note in her personal safeguard all through a short trial that ended with a jury discovering her in charge of first-degree homicide. Ten years later, having accredited her destiny, she sits on loss of life row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months clear of her execution date.
Meanwhile, Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia legal professional who's additionally the mum of the girl Noa used to be imprisoned for killing. She claims to have changed her brain in regards to the dying penalty and may do every little thing in her enormous strength to persuade the governor to commute Noa's sentence to existence in legal, in go back for the only factor Noa can exchange: her tale. Marlene desperately wants to comprehend the occasions that led to her daughter’s death—events that in simple terms Noa is familiar with of and hasn't ever shared. Inextricably associated through homicide yet with very diverse ambitions, Noa and Marlene strive against with the sentences existence itself can impose whereas they confront the simplest and worst of what makes us human.
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